Connected in time and space…part 10

1995………..twenty-five years have passed…………..

Sipping my morning coffee while chatting with a friend on the phone, idly flipping through the pages of the Santa Barbara News-Press spread on the kitchen counter……her name jumped off the page…

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I am stunned; she is here at UCSB – my alma mater…

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 …in the audience at the master class…. then in line to greet her….

I am George’s niece…..’ I knew of you…..’ ‘will you come for tea?…..’  arrange with my assistant, David…………..’

[impressions:  commanding…. small…. riveting…. diva…. hyperbolic…. intense…. ]

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David……‘Tea?  Perhaps Sunday, or Tuesday next.  She might call Sunday at 4:00 and come at 4:30………”

Prepared for tea on Sunday……..no call

Monday morning call from David…..‘We would like to come for ‘tea and a chat’ at about 5:30′.

George’s mother’s Limoges tea set,

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her cut crystal bowl filled with strawberries, the platter she ‘hand carried’ from South Dakota to California in the ’30’s,

tea sandwiches and lemon bars…………….

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  David again at 4:45:  Rosalyn not feeling well………….but ‘will you join us tomorrow evening at 5:30 for cocktails at the Biltmore?’…….

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