Monday, February 9, 2009

Remembering Betty

Betty, her husband Don and I were part of a group from Tulsa Community College that did a great tour of England and France in June of 2000. Here we are eating lunch at an outdoor cafe in Tours, France. This is how I will remember Betty, interested in everything around her and enjoying it all.


RennyBA said... [Reply to comment]

I'm of course sad to read about Betty, but I also think its nice of you to contribute your way. In times like this its important to remember and recall the good things too and you seams to have a lot of them.

Btw: Your on my blogroll now - sorry I haven't updated it before :-)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

What a trip you must have had doing both England and France. I have never been to France!!!!!!!!!!

I'm with RennyBA, it's good to remember our friends who have died and too many of mine died terribly young. However, I have snapshots and many, many memories.


Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

It's very sad for Betty but, i'm amll right with your friends, it's a very good thing to have some photos and moment to remember her. She looked liked a very sweet personn, i thik it's now very difficult for Don, her husband, i'm with you for this difficult moment
a lot of kisses

Tulsa Gentleman said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for your kind remarks. I was sorry that she died but wanted to recall what a positive person she was. She always saw the bright side of things.

Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Bill,
I have two questions for you and/or your english friends. My 10 years old daughter is coming from school today with two questions from her english teacher :
- are they celebrate Valentine days in england and USA
- are english and/or american people celebrate Chandeleur ?
Thanks a lot for you answers !!!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hello Micki02: we in England definitely celebrate Valentine's day - usually by sending a card (anonymously) and having a special meal out with one's partner.

Sorry, I don't know what Chandeleur is.


Elleona said... [Reply to comment]


Désolée pour la perte de votre amie Betty : notre vie n'est qu'un passage sur cette terre.
Ron a besoin de votre soutien. c'est cela les amis... se soutenir dans les difficultés.
Bisous à Suzan et à vous.

Tulsa Gentleman said... [Reply to comment]

Micki - We celebrate Valentines Day in the USA with cards and small gifts like chocolates to our sweethearts. School children make little paper hearts and exchange them with classmates. It is strictly a secular holiday encouraged mainly by those who sell cards, candy, and jewelry. It is rather light hearted and fun but not taken seriously.

Chandeleu or Candlemas is a religious holiday commemorating the presentation of Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary. It falls 40 days after Christmas on February 2 and is recognized in some of the liturgical churches, Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal, but is not made much of. That seems to be a custom only in France.

In the US we somehow have designated February 2 as "Groundhog Day" with the story that the groundhog will stick his head out of his burrow and if he sees his shadow he will jump back in his hole and we will have 6 more weeks of winter. Otherwise winter will end more quickly.

This origin of this is obscure and probably derives from an ancient pagan custom, Celtic or maybe Germanic. February 2 is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the vernal equinox and had some significance.

That is a longer reply than you wanted but that is what I know about it.

Micki02 said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks a lot Anne and Bill for yours answers. Clémence, my daughter, is very happy she can do her homeworks very easy now, she well proud to say to her teacher that's coming from her mother internet's friends !!
Have a nice day