TLC #1, 22 May 2016–I’ve chosen the Tender Loving Care moniker to describe, roughly at least, a new blog series to follow up Cornwall Cogitations. While care of the earth and the universe, including self and others, is bigger than even the word daunting suggests, it’s a journey. I hope that what I have to say includes vital aspects of the stewardship of time, talents, and resources in our common enterprise. So be it.
Our first full week at home has been pleasant. We were saddened, though, at the passing on Wednesday of our dear friend Jean E. Bender. She was 87-years-old and suffered from a recurrence of cancer. Her memorial service next Saturday, sadly, comes at the same time we will be in Ontario for our annual trip to the Stratford Festival of Canada and visit with siblings, travelling with friends Dean and Gwen Preheim-Bartel.
We visited with Jean in nursing care last Sunday. She was lucid, clear that the end was near, happy to recall good times of hosting Miss Kitty when we were travelling, gracious in acknowledging our long-standing friendship, unafraid of what lay ahead. Jean, originally from Wellesley, Ontario, touched countless people in Elkhart and
St Joseph Counties, Indiana, as a nurse in two area high schools and in the ER at Elkhart General. Jean’s spirit and sense of destiny lives on with us. Rest in peace, dear Jean.
A walk through Elkhart’s Wellfield Botanical Gardens
The wonderful language of music
On Saturday, we had the privilege of attending the violin recital of Lauren Weirich from our church. Lauren is graduating from Elkhart Central and is college bound this fall. Her sister, Carol, who will be a college junior, accompanied her on the piano. We were treated to Bach, Schumann, Mozart, James E. Clemens, and John Williams. Ah, the sonorous language of music (notice, I didn’t say “sonic boom” tone of music).
Vienna and Adrian’s Day
This Sunday afternoon we will attend the wedding of our great-niece Vienna Wagner and Adrian Bottomley in Niles, Michigan. Both will continue studies as graduate students at the University of Notre Dame. We wish them richest blessings on their joined journey. Vienna’s sister, Iona, will be a sophomore at Notre Dame, so we’re looking forward to seeing more of the extended family around here.
A happy dose of TLC in your pursuits this coming week. Best!