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December 19, 2005

One of those trips

Am off to Clinton, Ill., to see Aunt Harriet to her final rest. (obit) She was a farm girl who got a college degree in a time when it wasn't common. Did a stint as Rosie the Riveteer in WWII, then made Rock Island home for nearly 60 years before going back to Clinton a couple of years ago.

She was a Proper Lady, in the old style. Quiet, kind, gracious and refined in dress and speech. Lord knows what she thought when Leslie brought me around. But, like I said, kind and gracious.

With the real grandmas rendered by distance to occasional appearances, she filled that role for our kids. They, too, are better for having known her.

Anyway ... will be MIA for a day or two.

Posted by jcb at December 19, 2005 10:17 PM