Monday, May 14, 2012

First Day of Summer

Dear John,

Today was the first day of our family summer! The Chief is open - I love their ice cream - I've never been there without you - I can't imagine eating there alone - I can't imaging starting summer without their ice cream - the solution was obvious: I took the ice cream to the cemetery and ate it there with you. It seemed right. And it was SO good. 

While I was there, a young woman named Teresa came by walking a 6-month-old German Shepherd named Johnny. I was his first non-family socialization, and he warmed up to me after a minute or two. She was very nice - acted like it was the most normal thing in the world to come upon a woman sitting cross-legged on the ground eating ice cream beside her husband's grave. 

So I got sunburned again, and a little teary leaving. It is so hard to walk away from you! I want to stay and stay. But there is only so much sunburn I can stand, and Jethro had been alone for about 10 hours. The grass seed is coming up; soon your spot will blend in. In a couple of weeks our headstone will be up. And I'll join you whenever Jen lets me!

In the meantime, rest well and pray for me,
Joan.

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