Bobbi’s Celebration Tribute

June 29, 2019, St. Petersburg, Florida

Bobbi’s Celebration

My husband, Auburn Norris, read this for me while I smiled, dissolving through my tears.

Bobbi Tribute

Childhood friend, next door neighbor living with our Grandparents. We called them Pap and Mam Kearney (pronounced Carney.)

Our homes sat side-by-side on a paved country road. Route 60 led from Central City through Reels Corner to Shanksville. The ill-fated Flight 93 crashed near this small town on 9/11/2001. That fact has nothing to do with Bobbi’s life. It puts into prospective the remote countryside of where we lived.

Your geography lesson’s over, back to Bobbi.

We played:
Cut-out and Real Dolls.

Pretend Tea Parties,
Coloring Books.
Explored Attic “Treasures”
Hide-and-Seek.
Tag
.

Tramped in Pebley’s woods across our road. Pebley owned the farm across our road, so we thought the woods were his, too.
Built some fabulous snowmen! Pennsylvania winters always have TONS of snow!

We grew up with our imaginations, inventing our fun before TV and the internet.

FUN to us meant:
Teasing.

Mischief.
Attic Treasures.
Talking on the Rotary Phone.
Visiting our Cousin Neighbors.
Magnificent Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, July Fourth Bar-be-que with the entire family; 5 sisters, 1 brother, spouses, children. About twenty-five of us.

When we kids went to play after the meal, Bobbi usually took the lead. We were at HER house. She was the oldest of us.

Bobbi loved to;
Run. She ran everywhere. She rarely quieted herself.
Play Tag.

“You’re it,” she’d say.

Then run away like a rabbit. I never could catch her.
Tease me.
Tag me.
Torment me.

Once I came home crying. Mother asked what was wrong.
I cried, “Bobbi hit me.”
She said, “Then hit her back.”
I replied, “But she’s too tall. I can’t reach her back.”

I must have loved all that for I loved her, my cousin/sister. I loved her then and always will.

She gave me:
Emotional Support.
Friendship.
Companionship.
Holy Spirit Understanding.

Martinsville, Virginia Home.
St. Petersburg, Florida Home.

Together we found our Christian husbands. Bobbi found Bill when she wrote to him and he responded. Her friend invited me to Seacoast Cathedral Divorce Recovery where Auburn and I discovered each other.

I could go on and on about the terrific times we had together, but someone else needs to share their special memories.

Love you, Bobbi

See you when we all join you in Heaven!

Author Bio:
Judith Gail Norris, Freelance Writer lives in Riverview, Florida with her husband and two furry felines. They both hated being inactive when retirement hit. She writes plus teaches seven piano students. He does foreign exchange trading. They travel to Panama for vacation. Moving there? Maybe?

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