Yesterday Vince and I had to see our doctor in Neosho, which is only about 35 minutes from here. It’s funny because when we lived in Texas, we had to drive right at two hours to take Rita to the vet in Abilene, or I’d go to Abilene for my mammogram and we would go there if we needed to go to the hospital. Now, driving 35 minutes to Neosho seems like an ordeal. Old age . . we’re officially old.
Chad, Nicole and Addie had lived in Neosho for a while and once when I was visiting, Chad took us to a Thai restaurant and I had liked it. Vince had been to Neosho with a co-worker who was also teaching at the college in Nevada and their main location was in Neosho and he and his friend had gone to this same Thai restaurant. So, I asked Vince if we could eat at the Thai restaurant and he thought that was a good idea.
There is a Thai restaurant in Brownwood and my friend and I used to eat there fairly often. I got to be friends with the lady, Jolene, who owned the restaurant. Vince knew her husband . . this story is weird. Vince worked with the lady’s husband’s brother. How did Vince know the brother? Vince hardly knew the people he worked with. I’m going to have to ask him about that.
Anyway, I posted the picture of my lunch on Facebook and then had this conversation with Jolene:
Wasn’t that sweet?
I still have some good friends in Brownwood. We lived there about as long as we lived in Kentucky but I was busy with Chad’s activities (and that’s being kind!) and didn’t have a lot of time for socializing. I have a friend from Brownwood that reads the blog and comments daily. My other friend from Brownwood moved away about the same time I left but we still stay in touch. If it hadn’t been for Chad being here, we would have stayed there . . probably. But, I’m so glad to be here. I’m glad to have green grass. I’m glad to have snow in the winter. I’m glad to get to see Addie often.
Today as we were going to Neosho, we passed the exit to get on I-44 to head to Tulsa. I told Vince . . it almost made me cry because when I got to that exit, I was always crying. Happy to go home and see Vince and the critters but so sad to be leaving Chad, Nicole and Addie. And, dreading 10 hours on the highway. So thankful I don’t have to do that any more.
I love the life I’ve lived, and the friends I’ve made along the way.