I bet you wonder what this seeming rabbit trail has to do with Terri, my far away sister.
In 1992, the HR director at the place I worked told me we were hiring a new women for the community education position. She would be coming in March but her family would stay behind in western Michigan. I asked where she would be living and he said, "A motel, I guess." I said those fateful words, "She can come and live with us." Terri and I laugh about that leap of faith on both of our parts. Terri moved in and stayed us Monday through Thursday from March until July. I loved it! Terri's family came but our sisterly friendship continued. There was nothing I loved better than having a mocha at the local coffee shop and solving all of the world's problems with Terri. If only the "Powers That Be" would have listened to us! We both were deeply involved in strategic planning and loved working together on helping others build their future.
Terri and I had committed to retiring together but one day in May Terri came into my office with tears in her eyes. Her children had recently moved to Seattle and she missed them too much to wait until we had agreed on to retire. I said, "Great! Let's retire at the end of next year." We both went on our way to see if it would work for us. It worked for me, but it didn't for Terri. She had to work longer than one more year but my head was already into, "One more year! One more year!" Now, I am going to tie that beautiful Goddess Yarn shawl to Terri.
There is another labor of love I would have knit only for Terri.
Oh, I think I need to go and have a "Terri Fix."