Sorry about last night’s silence. I was tired and had a headache so I just went to bed instead of staying up past midnight to blog!
I have a few more words to say about Sunday’s excursion to the Austin’s 50th anniversary bash. First of all, it was so much fun to go to an event and see so many people we knew back in the day, and have it not be a funeral! I got a chance to talk to one of my old professors, a neighbor whom I rarely see, and a dear lady who worked for the university for many years. It was great to see everyone.
Secondly, I wanted to say that one of the things I love about the Austins is their complete lack of pretension. When Dr. Austin was president of the university, Walter worked, as he does now, for the Facilities Services department. That very first summer, back in 1986, the Austin’s son actually worked for Walter on the grounds crew.
At the end of the summer, the Austins invited the whole crew to their house for a pool party and barbeque. Walter and I were there with 2-month old Lina. After the excellent meal, everyone crowded into the den to watch a movie, and of course that is when my baby started crying and would not stop! As I moved to take her outdoors where she wouldn’t bother everyone, Dr. Austin stopped me and took the baby. “I need practice for grandchildren,” he told me. “You stay and watch the movie.” For the next hour at least, he patiently walked up and down with Lina on his shoulder.
Shortly after that summer, Dr. Austin hired Walter to take care of his yard and landscaping, which is what my husband still does most every Saturday throughout the year. They have a friendship that spans decades now, and I think it speaks to what kind of men both Dr. Austin and my husband are, that the Austin’s grown kids would make a point of inviting the lawn care guy to their parents’ anniversary celebration. We feel privileged to know them.
Yesterday was the first day of teaching my two-week essay class. I only have three students, three sweet young ladies that I look forward to working with. The first class is the hardest for both me and them as I throw so much information at them because it’s all stuff they’ll need for the rest of the class!
After that, I had a brief break before heading out to a nearby town to meet up with my friend Sybil for a late lunch. I have not seen her since August! I sure do miss the days when we got together every month, but that is just not possible with the busy schedules we have now. After our lunch, we went to a frozen yogurt place and continued our visit until after 5:30. We really need to get together more!
As I left to drive home, the heavens opened and I found myself driving in a torrential downpour. What made it weird was that during the split seconds when I could actually see out my windscreen, there were blue skies and fluffy white clouds visible ahead. About the time I made it to the interstate, I had outrun the rain and I could see the city of Kilgore in my rearview mirror, still completely shrouded in rain. I drove the rest of the way on dry roads.