Dan’s Day 13 of 29 Gifts – Traveling South with John Grisham

Portsmouth Beauty School students working on their maniquins.

Portsmouth Beauty School students working on their maniquins.

My friend Vin and his wife Jean are staying with their daughter while Jean convalesces having broken her ankle.  Today I drive south to Massachusetts to renew a “reading aloud to Vin” tradition that began eight years.  While Hannah was learning the hairdressing trade at the Portsmouth Beauty School, she had a favorite client.  You might have guessed that it was Vin.

Intermountain Indian School in Utah

Intermountain Indian School in Utah

Vin fills a room with his personality.  It turns out Vin lived just literally down the hill from us in York and so I began reading to Vin.  After years as an educator in the West at Intermountain Indian School, he moved East when he lost his sight in his early 60s.  Now in his 90s, he is the kind of friend you would all love to have.  Appreciative, interested, just plain fun, and willing to pause and discuss life as well as the book that we are reading.

Day 9 racketeer

I take I-95 south and eventually the country roads lead me to his daughter’s home.  He is acclimating to his new surroundings and now uses a cane.  When at his home, I would offer him my elbow from time to time to navigate through his house; today he wants no such guidance as he wants/needs to learn where the couches, tables, and passageways are in his new “home.”  We settle in with The Racketeer by John Grisham and begin reading as I have for years to my friend Vin.  I feel at home even 65 miles away from York.

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One thought on “Dan’s Day 13 of 29 Gifts – Traveling South with John Grisham

  1. Just met a young lady from Utah — she is Native American, and now working
    in Salt Lake City. One of 12 kids, she lived on a Reservation in Southern Utah
    during her early years. Small world! Just wonder if she is familiar with the
    Intermountain Indian School.

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