A long long time ago ..oh not that long it was about 1960. I guess that makes it more than 50 years ago…back to the long long time ago. I was 9 or 10 and in the 3rd or 4th grade riding Ivan Siegford’s bus to school. Sandy was the last stop. She was a real looker. Blonde hair and a nice smile, on “Dress Up Days” at the high school she would wear heels, long dangly earrings and beautiful necklaces that matched whatever outfit she was wearing. Sometimes she would sit with me, being the last person to board the bus seating was limited. She must have been a freshman that year. Then the bus route changed and she rode a different bus.
Years later she would find our Greenhouse and we would have wonderful visits about the school bus and life back in the 1960’s. She loved dogs and always brought at least two of hers along with her when she got flowers. She had no children. I shared with her how I admired her choices on Dress Up Days…she said she enjoyed those special days at school too and felt so grown up wearing high heels to school.
Then one spring she didn’t show up. Somehow I had missed her obituary in the newspaper. I never met her husband, but it would have been good to attend the funeral. She died ten years ago in 2003 from some kind of cancer she was 57 years old. Her husband died last winter.
There was an estate sale. I was running on time to work and could not stop in the morning. After work I stopped. I saw a lady carrying two boxes of Shiny Brites..darn..too late. I asked her if she was going to buy them, she replied “Oh no they were just sold I am holding them for a fellow.”
Turns out the fellow was Far Guy.
This is the first year my “Sandy” ornaments will join the Shiny Brite tree.
Dangly earrings, high heels, flowers, dogs and now Shiny Brites…all things that remind me of a friend so long ago