Catching Up…

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Way back in the summer of 1968 I packed up many of my belongings in my new red suitcases and boxes to travel 60 miles east of my home to the University of Redlands in Southern California. My oldest sister Kathy drove me to my new home away from home for the school year. My dorm was Bekins Hall and it was an all girls dorm. Times have changed. The collage above shows my dorm, my sister lugging in my stuff and my roommate Violet and our suite mate Louise (Jana). We had a second floor suite with a bathroom/shower in between the rooms. Louise and Tracy were juniors in one room and Violet and me freshmen in the other room. My memories with this suite arrangement are all good.

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My roommate Violet who we called Violeta and me on the quad. I forget who’s great old classic car this is. I just found out that this car belonged to Louise/Jana who is in the pink dress in the collage. She called it her purple and white tank! Spanish was Violeta’s major for her teaching degree and she also experienced college abroad in Spain fully immersed in the language. In her early years of teaching she taught in a Spanish Immersion school. I think I’m remembering these facts correctly. Tom and Violet were married right out of college a couple years before Dear and me.


Spring forward 47 years and our little reunion in San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City. When I knew we would be in San Francisco I messaged my college roommate to see if there was a chance we could get together. Violet and her husband picked us up from our hotel and drove us south to the neighborhoods where they work and live. We enjoyed a meal at Milagros Cantina in Redwood City.  Have you ever had fried ice cream? We split it four ways after our main dish. After enjoying catching up at their home they graciously drove us to the airport in time for our flight home. Thanks again Tom and Violet for a lovely day!

Here it is the first day of February! We enjoyed a quiet weekend here at this old house. We ate all our meals in house (shocking), a Saturday marathon of Downton Abbey viewing (I bought season 6 at Costco on Friday). Yikes tell me how you reacted to espisode5!!?? On Sunday we had a great church service with Communion in the morning, a dry walk on our heart pumping loop, and did a little more pruning on the apple tree. I think I’m halfway done now. My neck can only take so much at a time. Maybe I’ll have Dear take a photo of me in process. Have a wonderful first week of February!


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13 thoughts on “Catching Up…

  1. Wow, your post triggered a ton of memories for me…. I started college fall of ’68 as well…. in an all girl’s teaching college… I married my high school sweetheart right out of college and we’re coming up in Mar on our 43rd anniversary….. add the five years we went together…. and that is a pretty long time!!! Great time!!!Your photos were so nostalgic….. very cool…. I would give anything to locate my college roommate.. I lost touch with everyone… probably because right after we married, we moved out of country since hubby wa stationed in Germany . Such is life…. but I would love to reconnect…

  2. Your ‘throwback photos’ made me smile…and brought back so many memories from that era! How fun to reconnect with your roommate all these years later!

  3. Happy February! It’s nice when being home (and eating in) feels like a vacation. I always love getting away and trying new and different restaurants but am always glad to be home too. How wonderful you had such great visits with old friends. I’m in awe that you were able to get your hands on these great throwback pictures, perfect for this post!!

  4. Aww – you haven’t changed! What a fun post. Sounds like your reunion was a huge success! We picked up Season 6 last week and I can’t wait to get “into” it!!!!

  5. Love the pictures of you and your roommate – lovely girls, the two of you!
    And still lookin’ good after all these years.

  6. Loved the college in the sixties versus sixties in real life photos! How did this happen?
    My baby sister turned 55 today! Life happens one day at a time.

  7. What a lovely thing to reconnect with an old friend! I am sure that your walk down Memory Lane was most pleasant, and that new memories were made together.

    About episode 5 of Downton? “Yikes” is exactly what I thought too!! That was rather shocking!!

  8. You have had such a nice time of reconnecting with the friends of years ago. You definitely have the gift of friendship!
    Episode 5 was certainly a shocker!

  9. Oh I would love to see my college roommates again. I only know a couple of addresses from that time. I just haven’t done a great job of keeping in touch. So, for that reason, I am smiling that you and your roommate have kept in touch and enjoyed a nice get-together all these years later. I would love to do a marathon of Downton Abbey viewing. It has to be the way to go. You know what I thought about it! ☺

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