Monday, August 23, 2010

You Can Go Home Again

So the other part of visiting my past came the next day after meeting with my high school peeps.... and sorry ~ no disrespect to you both ~ but this was DEFINITELY the highlight of my visit...

I got to have lunch with the most special person! This is Del. She was my neighbor from the time I was 3 until I was 14! Del actually used to babysit me when I was little and I still remember the hamburgers she made me for lunch. Del worked at Mary's Restaurant on 7th ave and was married to Joe ~ chef extraordinaire, who also worked at Mary's.
Mary's is legendary if you grew up in North Miami. They had the best garlic bread sticks EVER!
Anyway.. I digress... It was so amazing to be with Del again.  It really felt like I was home in my heart.  I could have stayed and talked to her for hours and hours.

Del has 5 kids ~ I honestly don't ever remember her  when she wasn't either pregnant or just had a baby.  Her house was so much fun to be at ~ but crazy!    I did get to see one of her daughters while I was there.  Del lives with Mary Jo (who still has the biggest dimples ever!) and Mary Jo's husband ~ both of them are real sweeties!

Actually one of the last times I saw Del or her kids, I had just gotten my driver's license.  I drove over to the old neighborhood and stopped in to see Del.  Took all 5 kids for a ride in my brand new Chevy Vega ~ and got in an accident.   I was crossing a busy street, my car stalled and a big ol' Cadillac came barreling down the street, didn't see us (she was turned yelling at her kids) and took the entire front end off my car.   For those of you who remember the Vega, it was basically a tin can on wheels.  Sheered the front end right off the sucker and the rest of the car never moved.  Thank goodness we were all fine ~ scared but fine.  I think I was more scared of what Del would do to me for getting in a wreck with all her kids.   I would have lost it, for sure but she was really glad everyone was okay and said "accidents happen" and never held it against me.

Anyway... It was so great to see her again and I have to say, I felt like I had traveled back in time, to my youth and got to spend time with someone who means so much to me... and I can't wait to do it again. 


quiltingnana said...

glad you had a chance to visit with old friends....for me, my day was spent recuperating from a weekend with three young (4, 6, and 8 year old)grandchildren!

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOSH LOOK AT THAT CAR!! to die for I tell you.

Isn't it great connecting with old friends!! I just reconnected with two of my best friends ever. I was in tears of joy for it.

On my GIVEAWAY, use the everyday blog not the RHEUMY blog...

jillytacy said...

You've been doing lots of catching up. It's wonderful to reconnect with your past!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Oh man! How scary to get in an accident like that with somoeone else's kids!

Facebook is a lot of fun to catch up with old friends! I just found my first boyfriend and he has 6 kids! Crazy!