I don’t know when mom became an avid walker or how many years she and Pam Sanders had walked together practically every weekday morning. I know that Corey was still in high school and driving because many times mom and Pam would end their walk at the high school and take the car.
Once, as they were leaving the parking lot, a security officer from the high school pulled them over to see their ID – wondering why the car was being driven off the high school grounds during school hours. I guess he figured out that they weren’t high school students. They laughed about the experience of being pulled over and stopped by a diner on their way home.
The girl behind the counter started to ring up their order. I don’t know what they ordered, but evidently it was available at a senior price. Neither one of them were of age at the time, but took the discount as they had been offended that they had gone from high school teenagers to senior citizens in the matter of only a few minutes.
They didn’t always do the four miles. Some days they would only do two. Mom was in really great shape physically and sorely missed her walks when she had broken her bones one year and her leg was in a cast.
I didn’t pay much attention to when mom and Pam got back into their routine or when they had stopped walking due to Pam’s ailing health – which seemed to come and go but lingered more as the years passed.
Pam volunteered to assist with my wedding and worked in the kitchen and fixed plates for any guest who happened to the open house.
She and Jenna became fast friends when Jenna was two and three years old. I remember giving her a picture of Jenna and she was thrilled.
As Jenna got older, Pam’s health deteriorated. I did not see much of hear or even hear much for that matter. My own mom had her good days and bad days after she’d been diagnosed with dementia. Pam seemed to have disappeared from her mind along with so many others she had known 40 – 50 years. I stopped by a few times just to see how Pam was doing, but I never did see her again. Her health had gotten worse.
Today I heard that she had passed. I don’t have the details. I am hoping that I will be able to attend her funeral. That makes how many that I’ve gone to in less than a year?
Corey posted a thought to facebook that perhaps the two of them are taking a walk right now. What a nice thought.