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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Spending time with favorite people

  • Last week I took a couple of days off work and spent time with Mom. We had a great time, although most of it was spent in the car driving.
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  • Last week I took a couple of days off work and spent time with Mom. We had a great time, although most of it was spent in the car driving.
     
    Caitlin had her spring music program and Isaac graduated from pre-school. Both occurred Thursday and both made me burst with pride for my two grandchildren! How did they grow up so fast? It seems like just yesterday they were infants! Time has a way of traveling even when we are not looking.
     
    Friday we were heading home, but with a stop at Assisi Heights in Rochester. We stopped to visit a dear friend, Sister Virgeen.
     
    In 1976, my hometown of Graceville opened their nursing home, Grace Home. Srs. Amadeus, Virgeen and Parma were the three nuns who were in charge of managing the home. Sr. Amadeus was the administrator, Sr. Virgeen the bookkeeper, and Sr. Parma was head of housekeeping.
     
    Both Mom and Dad worked under these three wonderful ladies and loved the many years they spent with them. Not long after losing Dad, on June 17, 2008, Sr. Amadeus passed away at the age of 91. As the administrator, she governed both Mom and Dad. She was an amazing lady and I am glad I had the opportunity to know her. Sr. Virgeen, as the head of bookkeeping, was Mom’s immediate supervisor. One of my favorite things about her is, she has the tiniest voice, but her heart is as big and full of kindness as the sky and she indeed still is a treasured friend. Sr. Parma and Dad kept the home spotless and in top working order. There was nothing those two couldn’t fix or make shine. Sr. Parma today is at Assisi Heights too, but has had the affects of Alzheimer’s take her memories of us away.
     
    When we make the time to visit Sr. Virgeen; Mom, Sr. and I have the best time and catch up on people she still remembers from Graceville. We laugh at fond memories of the shenanigans that took place when they were at Grace Home. Next year Sr. will celebrate her 60th Jubilee and Mom and I said we would for sure be there to celebrate with her.
     
    Thought for the week: Birth
     
    In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again. – James Agee.
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