Shame on me for posting about our beautiful March weather, when my family back home in Wisconsin got 6 inches of snow last night, and it's still coming down! But when a family friend from back home comes to Phoenix, we're going to do our best to make him wish he wasn't going back to that mess later on this week. ha!
Yes, we drove a dear family friend up South Mountain yesterday. The weather was perfect. 78 degrees with clear blue skies and a slight breeze. South Mountain is the largest municipal City Park in the nation. 16,000 acres overlooking metro Phoenix. Breathtaking views of the city and the mountains surrounding the city.
David's family farmed a mile or so from our farm. I love hearing him tell stories about the history along Timber Creek... about the Norwegians that settled in that area in the late 1800's.
I've known David for 50 years. We both attended a one-room school in York, Wisconsin. Grades 1-6th grade. 5 boys and 15 girls. I was in 1st grade. He was in the 3rd grade. It was 1963, the year that President Kennedy was assassinated. I have vivid memories of my only year in that one-room school.
I focused on our downtown in the distance. Love our sprawling city, with that small-town feel.
The winds began to pick up while eating our picnic lunch, so we packed up and heading down the mountain to visit for several more hours. Just before we took him back to Apache Junction, I remembered to tell him about my friend Laura's blog post. She asked us to submit the name of a loved one that is battling cancer, because her husband and son were participating in the 30th Annual Climb for Cancer on South Mountain.
Laura posted ~ "All the names were printed on a piece of paper and tucked in their water pack. And with each step, a prayer for a cure."
How amazing to take David up South Mountain and then to tell him he was a part of the Climb for Cancer just 2 weeks before.
Please keep David in your prayers. He has been battling cancer for years, but lives each day to the fullest. He is a true inspiration. So thankful we could have the day together.