My sister in law and I were college room-mates and did all the crazy things that college students did in the '70's. We both moved to Boston after graduation and of course, I met her brother...things happened etc. But we all lived in the Boston area together for about 15 years. Lucile lived with Gary, who no one was really crazy about but he was really an OK guy and fit into the family dynamics in his own way. But things happened between them and one day she up and moved to Washington DC - met another guy...got married...had some kids...got divorced...etc. She passed away 3 years ago from complications of Polycystic Kidney disease. Our relationship was pretty crazy - being friends but also sister in laws, and this was one intense woman let me tell you!
In her last few years she got more interested in religion, in a strange way. It's not like she went to church on a regular basis, but she was involved in religion in her own way...reading about miracles...getting holy oil from a church...looking for "living saints". She was brought up a strict Catholic and went to religious school her whole life until college. But she had a great sense of humor and loved kitsch - especially religious kitsch. I could rarely buy this woman a present that she didn't return for one reason or another - the scarf I gave her was the wrong color...or the gloves didn't fit...it was always something. But if I gave her a $2.00 box of Jesus bandaids - she'd be thrilled! So yes...I always looked out for the glow in the dark statue of Mary that goes on top of the TV - or the Jesus bandaids - you get the picture.
One other important story. When Lucile and Frank were moving into their last apartment, they left some stuff on the curb until they could go back and get it. Of course it got stolen! One item that was stolen was a childs ceramic tea set that Lucile wanted to keep for her daughter Claire. She was really heartbroken about that loss - it was one of those Fiesta ware sets that she loved. That was years ago but I always remembered that story. I also love ceramics and miniatures.
Last night I saw this childs tea set on Ebay - for $1.00. I put a bid in and I'll see if I get it. Luciles daughter Claire will love it and will get the reference. It'll be a christmas present with a long story to go along with it.
And that's my story for today!