Staring out my big window at the trees surrounding my Happy Camper. I have been so busy the last couple of weeks I haven’t had time to think, much less write. I have spent a lot of time with friends from school and family, and last night something very nice happened to me.
There wasn’t much to rave about when it came to school lunches back when I was in school. You ate what you could choke down, and hoped that Friday was grilled cheese and tomato soup. One bright feature was the cookies for desert and my favorite was the No Bake Oatmeal Cookies.
I had a friend, whom I lost track of back then, named Sandy. I remember her as fun and happy and easy to get along with. We shared our love of the No Bakes and she said her Mom had the recipe and wanted to know if I wanted it! Well, yeah!
I took it home to Mom and that recipe became a family favorite and a Christmas tradition! All these years later, we still make those cookies and I always think of Sandy when I make them!
Fast forward fifty years! Because my friends and I frequent Charlestown State Park we have gotten to know many of the staff and specifically, Craig on security. Very nice young man, who doesn’t mind chatting with us three old ladies every time we are docked at the park!
Last night, sitting around the picnic table with my brother Greg, his wife Cindy, and friend Margie, Craig stopped by to say hello. As things do, in a small town, conversation got around to “where you live”, “who’s your Daddy”, “where’d you grow up”, and Craig was filling in all the gaps and family names when he revealed his Mother’s name was Sandy.
“Whoa!” I began to ask questions, and it sounded like the Sandy I knew! Then I told him the story about the One Minute Oatmeal Cookies and BINGO! He said he knew the recipe by heart and they still made it. This was the Sandy I knew so long ago and lost track of! I always wondered what happened to her! She was Craig’s Mother!!
I asked him to remember me to her and tell her about the cookie recipe and how special it had become in my family. My eyes welled up, it was such a beautiful moment. Wow.
Time can be so tightly woven or wander off in all directions. Sandy is the second lost friend from grade school that I have found, Debbie G. was the first. Why certain people stay in your heart forever is a mystery to me, I just know these two girls got stuck there and I never forgot them.