Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Surprise on New Year's Eve

We're staying in this New Year's Eve, enjoying Noah's last night in Iowa for quite a while. As I was preparing my friend Mary Lynn's pear frangipane tart, the phone rang. Calling from Germany was our friend and former high school exchange student Ulrich, now 21. He was with us in 2002, and provided much delight.

Ulrich loved to cook, and often made his homemade salad dressing for us. He took quickly to American fast food, particularly enjoying Wendy's hamburgers so much that he insisted he'd name his first child Wendy! Ulrich found it peculiar that at our churches, we sing "Alleluia" instead of "Hallelujah," so he'd pencil in the "H" on every church bulletin he could find.

It was a joy, especially on a day when I learned of the sudden death of a parishioner, to have this lively, excited voice on the phone -- calling us out of great fondness and already living in the year 2009 while we have a few more hours to go in 2008.

Happy New Year!


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