|Behind our heads is a sign saying, "We Buy". |
They knew we were coming!
This morning we were heading out Highway 14 toward bustling Bingen to an antique shop we knew, and before we'd been on the road for 30 minutes, we were deep into discussing the newest common thread binding us further together, the anniversary of our children's deaths. I think I was the first one to weep today, but the tears were short lived.
Our history is as rich and eclectic and sensory as the objects we seek and often find when we're together. We met officially when Deb was my oldest daughter's fifth grade teacher, and discovered our many heart connections on our first antique adventure at the end of that school year. Over the next few years, we taught in the same building, she had my youngest daughter in class, and eventually became next door teaching pals. I miss those days of knowing Deb was next door, and remember her comforting arms around me the day my son died. She is a heart and soul type friend, and a pleasure to travel with.
The Gorge was magnificent today. It was crisp, clear and cold, with snow in the nearby hills, and autumn colors to die for. Our first stop, Antiques & Oddities, was just a warm up. Deb found a couple of good deals, and I just browsed. The snow was so close!
|We both bought one of these |
for our classrooms.
|One of several journals we found . . . |
Eventually, we wound our way back to Camas (our original destination when we planned this day!) and savored the last hour in one of our favorite shops. We both bought cute jingle bell earrings to wear next month!
|We are not antiques, we are vintage!|
It was a perfectly perfect day. Deb and I seem to move at the same pace, delight in the same pleasures. I feel appreciated, loved and honored in her presence. More than all the treasures we have found, I treasure her friendship the most. She has been my co-worker, counselor, cheerleader, confidant and comforter. I love going treasure hunting with my treasured friend, Deb!