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Roses and the 10K Cash Drawing

"O, my Love is like a red, red rose
That's newly sprung in June."
By Scottish poet Robert Burns

The red, red roses in our front yard, where they receive the most sun, have indeed sprung to life as have two long-stemmed pink roses that are growing next to the red ones on the rose trellis. The rose bushes down the side of the house have big buds. I forget what colors they are. They should be out soon. We must get out now and find some tomato plants although the nighttime temps are a bit cold for them.

On Friday evening, May 23, Hubby and I set out for Florian Hall. Pal Loretta had kindly called us, inviting us to the $10K Cocktail and Cash Drawing for Dot Day. Our friend Maureen Connolly was not able to use the tickets and gave them to Loretta, who offered them to us. We always have such a nice time sitting with Loretta, Mary Shea, Ginny Biagiotti, Carol Murphy, Eileen Boyle, Regina McLaughlin, and Joe Chaisson. Joe kept chatting with his buddy Steve Malley. I saw Paul Nutting at a nearby table and went over to see if he had recovered from the Dot Day Parade of Seniors. He said he was working on it. He did introduce me to his sister, Jennifer Nutting, who is almost as tall as her brother. I felt like I needed stilts. At my yearly physical the other day, the nurse had measured me as “5 feet and 2.5 inches.” When I was in grammar and high school, I was one of the tallest girls in my class. I should have asked for extensions to make me taller when I had my knee-replacement surgeries done.

My pal Jim Cawley, from WORK, Inc., came over to chat. I asked him how he and his bride, Elisa Birdseye Cawley, who works at the Adams Street Library, were enjoying married life. Both their lives are so busy since they were married, he said, that it is difficult to find time to do things like the outdoor work around their home, Jim’s WORK, Inc. activities, and Elisa’s music.

The Boston Police’s Gaelic Pipe Column then came into the hall. They played “The Minstrel Boy,” “The Rising of the Moon,” and “From the Halls of Montezuma” beautifully. How I enjoy bagpipe music. It must be because of my wee bit of Scottish blood, (12.5 percent, via my great grandfather, born in Dundee, Scotland, the “City of Northern Lights.)” Next, we were entertained by St. Brendan’s Color Guard. The girls had to take off their shoes because of the slippery floor. They did a beautiful job in their exhibition and ended up with “Boston Strong.”

Loretta then took me over to meet Fr. Jason Makos, who will be installed over the next two Sundays as the pastor of both St. Ann’s and St. Brendan. I told him how much we enjoy Fr. John McCarthy and Fr. Richard Putnam. He said he was so glad for their help. He also said that he would soon have the assistance of a recently ordained priest (2013), Fr. Tom Macdonald. I also had a chance to speak to Charlie Tevnan. He told me that he and his wife Susan are thrilled that their oldest daughter, Kathleen, a recent graduate of Notre Dame Academy in Hingham who has a wonderful voice , has been accepted to the Berklee College of Music. I also had a chance to wave to Steve Tankle at the drawing.

I must also mention that Susi Brothers Auto, with more than 50 years as a business in Dorchester, donated $5,000 for Dorchester Day activities. I am not sure of all the names of the people who were the eight finalists in the $10,000 drawing, but one was my friend, state Rep. Dan Hunt, who turned his winnings ($1,250) back to the Parade Committee. What a wonderful gesture, Dan! We had such a lovely evening with so many friends. I am just sorry that none of my friends won all or part of the $10,000.

I was so pleased that Fr. Makos, in St. Brendan’s bulletin, put in a very nice tribute to Fr. Richard Putnam on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his ordination. Fr. Rich practice-taught in Hubby’s classroom when he was studying to become a teacher. Then he worked with Hubby when they both were part-timers at the Purity Supreme Market in Fields Corner. We can hardly believe that Fr. Rich has been a priest for 25 years. Where did that time go? Congratulations, Fr. Putnam!

Last Friday, a rainy day on and off, neither Hubby, daughter Sue, nor I thought that there might be a rainbow outside. There seemed to be too many clouds. Sue called me later in the evening. She had received two gorgeous photos of a double rainbow that evening. Her friend Tish, from high school, sent her one from Savin Hill. The second photo was on the internet in which the lower rainbow was much more vivid than any I have seen in a long time.

I was sorry to read of the unexpected death of Shannon Richardson Jr. on May 21. Shannon was the grandson of our friend from church, Theresa Chatman. All of us at church send our sympathy to his grandmother. (Daughter Sue had Shannon as a student.)

I loved this saying by John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address that daughter Sue found for me. I should have used it on Memorial Day weekend: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any friendship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty!”