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Hello Old Friend

on July 28, 2013

wedding quilt
I felt like a little bit of a pain in a butt when I asked my daughter to lug this quilt I made for her around on her wedding day so we could have pictures taken with it. When I saw the photos, I was happy I did. But little did I know what other repercussions would result.

A couple weeks ago, I got an email from an old high school friend who had seen the picture when she was at the dentist (aka my sister!). Would I like to go to Hershey and attend “Quilt Odyssey”? The sun came out, the angels began to sing, are schedules coordinated, and I quickly replied yes.

This past Friday, on one of the most beautiful days of the summer. we set sail on our Odyssey (ok, we drove, but my car is a boat!). I had not seen Mary in about 25 years. A couple people asked me if I felt nervous about going on a road trip with someone I hadn’t seen in so long. I am a person that gets nervous about most things, but not about this. What I remember most about Mary is how fun, funny, smart, and drama free she was. And saying that about a teen age girl is saying a lot.
This is what I remember about the genesis of our friendship:
At the end of my freshman year in high school, they held try outs for the next year’s musical. In previous years, all members of the Glee Club were automatically in the chorus. I joined Glee Club with the sole motive of getting in the musical. However, when I got to auditions, there was a new director and everyone had to audition! Yikes – my instinct was to run.  The only person I knew there was Mary, who was in most of my classes, so we were sitting together. As we were filling out our audition papers, I noticed Mary filling up her page with a long note. I asked her about it and she said she was basically begging to be part of the show, she didn’t care in what capacity. Sounded good to me – I did the same. The less said about the audition, the better (15 bars of Hello Dolly!). Mercifully it was short. They called the names of those called back and said everyone else could leave, except the following people: you guessed it! Mary and my names were called, and we were assigned to stage crew. One of the best summers of my life followed, painting, building sets, and building a friendship with Mary. I had a best friend and she had a best friend and the four of us were an inseparable unit throughout high school.

What a day we had Friday! We talked non-stop on the way to Hershey.

We got there and checked out the gallery of quilts on display.
Here is Mary with one of her favorites:

maryHere’s my absolute favorite:

quilt blue

After we had seen everything in the exhibit, Mary demonstrated that she still has what it takes to get what she wants by politely getting us a seat at a crowded restaurant with a 30 minute wait in under 2 minutes.

Then it was on to the good stuff: shopping! What a time we had! Inspired by the birth of my first grand nephew the day before, I bought a light of juvenile panels:

caterpillar numbers

Of course I couldn’t pass up the “Gree Eggs” panel.  Dr. Seuss and I have a special relationship!

seussWe shopped till we dropped! We went home with new tools, new fabrics, and new inspirations. My goal is to improve my machine quilting. Mary’s goal is to buy a new sewing machine and complete some projects in progress. And we both have the goal of not letting another 25 years go by before we get together again!


5 responses to “Hello Old Friend

  1. Stacy says:

    So glad you had such a fun and inspirational trip. I LOVE the wedding photo of Trish and Vince with the quilt.. and here is what I know for sure… Mary was as excited as you to get together, because there is no doubt she remembered how funny, smart and drama free you were! It is why we can’t let you go either Miss Pat!!!!

  2. Pat Stephenson says:

    Good friends are like quilts, they never lose their warmth. May your quilt be in many more lovely photos.
    Pat S.

  3. Thanks for the nice comments!

  4. […] yes also led to a reunion with a high school buddy, an awesome trip to Shenandoah National Park and a couple of weeks ago, a trip to the Walnut […]

  5. […] Made plans with my friend Mary to attend Quilt Odyssey again this year! I’m really looking forward to it and can’t wait to hear about all […]

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