Picnic with a Friend

August 8, 2013

Family on the Road

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We met Lucille when we delivered groceries in Ventura to homebound elderly. Every week would would deliver her order of Lean Cuisine, Lays chips, ice cream, and diet Coke. Afterwards we would stay and talk.  She lived alone and had never had children. Her nearest relative, her brother, lived hundreds of miles away.

It didn’t take us long to develop a special friendship with her and when she was moved into a nursing home we continued to visit.  In the nursing home, she had one picture by her bed, a picture of us.

We didn’t get to say goodbye the way we had hoped.

I knew she had been buried in Idaho so once we made it to northern Utah I began my search to locate her grave so we could give a more proper goodbye. I discovered she was buried in a little town called Aberdeen. Once we arrived at our campground I asked the host if they knew where the cemetery was located. It happened to be only a few miles away.

That evening we packed a picnic complete with Lays and diet Coke for Lucille. As the sun set we reminisced and laughed about our times with her.

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And I finally got to say my goodbye.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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5 Responses to “Picnic with a Friend”

  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes Says:

    So glad you got to say goodbye one last time.

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  2. Dad Says:

    Great story! I remember visiting her with you. Love, Dad

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  3. Wanda Says:

    Oh my gosh I had no idea you went there !! This story brought tears to my eyes. I know you all were blessed by your visits to Lucille and she in return was so blessed to have all of you as her friends and to show her such kindness and love. Great story !!

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  4. Deb Says:

    That is so sweet. I do remember you talking about this kind service that you provided to the communtiy. And it’s just so wonderful that you sought her out to have one last picnic. I know that she loved it <3

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