For those of you that are loyal followers, you may have noticed the very long delay in posts. I promise, I'll talk about that at some point, but not in this post.
Our family has some wonderful neighbors and friends, Mr. Tom and Ms. Karen. When we first moved into our house, we met Karen when she brought us over a meal after a day of moving in boxes, because that is the love of Ms. Karen. It was fantastic to have real food and a lovely start to a friendship that has lasted well past a decade. Our girl became good friends with Mr. Tom. She would ride her bike or scooter on the sidewalk in between our houses and chat with Mr. Tom from his usual perch in his garage. It became a sweet routine and constant in our lives. I wish I had real photographs of it, but it always felt like an intrusion into their space, so I didn't ask. I only have 1 from very far away, and I deeply regret not asking. When Mr. Tom's on and off sickness took an unexpected sharp turn this summer, it left us all so very lost that he would not be returning to his perch.
Karen and I had talked about trying to get some photos in with their family the next time their grandkids came into town, but things moved so very fast that we never had that chance. Instead, Karen, her daughter, and her grandchildren decided to create a beautiful memorial Fairy Garden for Papa Tom and I was able to photograph it.
Until next time,