Kathy was my neighbor from 6th grade through high school. She lived three doors away, and my first impression of her was a lively, vibrant girl. She always seem to have something she excitedly wanted to tell me. I had trouble understanding her, and she'd always keep repeating and gesturing until I got the message. She showed me what persistence and patience looked like. When I got married, her parents offered to let Chuck's parents stay with them. They were good neighbors. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing. I'll always remember her smile.
What a lovely story, Pat. Thanks for sharing it.
There was a lady that belonged to St. Thomas Deaf Episcopal Church, which was located in the Grace Episcopal Church in Kirkwood. There was always a sign language person available during our service. After the service we would all go for fellowship and food, not always in that order. Kathy was there with a great smile, but mostly she is remembered for her hugs. There isn't one of my church friends who didn't remember Kathy's "hugs". I would try a conversation, but failed. She would always give me another hug. I felt so bad when she was diagnosed with cancer. It wasn't until I saw her obit that I realized that she was the Kathy from high school. I always admired her at the way she worked on classwork and also other activities. I sure wish I would have known, I'm sure we would have had some great conversations. I know that there is a lesson in there someplace, but that I will discover some other time.