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Of Berl and Early Cold

Yesterday, from the San Diego airport, alone, my friend Lavelta flew to Mississippi where lives her son, and where in a few days will be a wedding she wanted to attend. Berl and Jerry talked on the phone of Berl’s impending loneliness, since Berl was now rattling around in their house by himself.

“Come up and see Shirley and me. We’ll take care of you.”

“Okay, I’ll leave around noon.”

So, yesterday, here came Jerry’s best friend, Berl, and with him came cold and foggy weather, and he was shivering as he walked up the garage steps and into the living room. Gave me a hug as he fumbled with a sweater. “Shirley, I’m freezing. It’s cold here.”

This drastic change in weather was unexpected, and Berl continued to be cold, (he lives in the East County of San Diego and it gets quite hot there, and I suppose his blood is wimpy) so we turned on the furnace, and after Berl growled enough, Jerry went outside and gathered firewood, and soon a splendid fire was roaring—our first of the season. We burned nearly all our wood last year, and need to order two or three cords—have it delivered and stacked. Firewood is expensive here—oak will be more than $200.00 a cord.

We had a pleasant evening with Berl, a good fattening meal and many hours of important (and non-important) conversation. Berl is like a brother to me, and our families have been extremely close for many years.

It’s nearly noon and still in the 40s, foggy and wintry feeling. I’m off to Orange County for a conference and won’t be back until tomorrow afternoon, leaving behind these two bachelors.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

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