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Sentimental Journey Day 7: Family and Friends

We get to Wichita to visit long time friend of Stewart named Wanda Yinger. She had been waiting for our arrival for two days!!! Such anticipation. They talked of their fun trips that they had taken together-snow skiing in Colorado, the Holy Lands, and even a misadventure to a dude ranch in Arizona. Apparently, the received brochure was very outdated. For example, the plush and spacious swimming pool was old and in disrepair and obviously had no water in it. The laughter that they shared let me know that somehow they managed to have a wonderful time. It is a gift to be able to make lemonade from lemons.

While we there, Wanda took us to “Happy Hour” where they had the Kansas basketball on the big screen. She didn’t know any of the people there but they all sat with us. Retirement homes seldom have visitors and when there is a visitor, everyone want to get in on the discussions. One attractive lady was VERY interested in Stewart and sat by him. They spoke at length and I am not sure that he heard everything but he could definitely tell that she was flirting with him. He was eating it up!

We left to pick up some Nuways. This is steamed ground beef on a burger bun and can only be found in Wichita. We picked up our order and went to my cousin, Barbara’s home. We are the Boone bookends. She is the first born and I am the last born. We talked about family geneaology and we were happy that we had Stewart there to confirm our notes. An African proverb states: “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground.”

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