wendy's bench

so 
some of wendy's friends
 gathered 
at
 carl schurz park
 yesterday
 to
 reminisce
 lift a glass of wine
 in 
her memory 
and
 of course
 sit on her bench

 never having been to carl schurz park
 i had reservations
 about
 the choice 
of 
an east side park bench
vs
 one on the broadway malls 

after all
 she was westside wendy

 i was reminded
 she was born and spent 20 years on east 86 street
 she here brother and sister played in carl schurz park 

skeptical
 until
 i got there


its a charming park
 with
 a long east river facing promenade


 her bench
 is near the entrance to the promenade 
its looks out on the river the sky and it is a lovely place to sit 


i got to catch up with my friend kate who lives in los angeles
 it was much nicer to see her in person than just via Facebook

some of us went to have a drink
 more stories were told 
some jokes attempted
 emily white
 walter is right 
you can't tell a joke
 but it was fun to laugh at how bad you were

 i even discovered
 that
 anne whitehouse
 is
 one of my blog readers
 it turns out
 she's from birmingham
 and 
on her next trip home 
she's going to get in touch with you, virginia jones
 she follows your blog too!

anyway
it was a lovely way 
to 
remember a woman
 who is the glue that holds so many friendships together 

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place this is, Daryl.
    I am sure that Wendy was smiling down on all of you. xo.

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  2. Daryl, I am honored to have made a mention in your blog. Wendy and I used to get together on our own, but I am not surprised to learn that she had wonderful friends, who keep her forever in their hearts. Perhaps a Broadway mall location for a bench might be more appropriate for “West Side Wendy,” but there wouldn't be enough room for all her friends to congregate. And Wendy liked shorelines, so perhaps she would have liked her bench facing the expanse of the East River.

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  3. Oh, Daryl. This really is beautiful. I am so glad to have met Wendy. She was one of those wonderful, giving people. xo

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  4. A nice location for a bench, and wonderful memories of your friend.

    We see them here as well- I've even seen them on hiking trails in one of our provincial parks.

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