|(c) Elsie (Barks) Naylor, used with permission.|
Working at Office Depot's self-service copy center was less than satisfactory yesterday. The machines were slo-o-ow (read that very slow). And as we thought about the image quality of the scanners at Walmart, we made a decision to purchase a scanner/copier/printer to do the job ourselves. We got one that is mid-sized, barely portable, but fast enough to do the job and do it well.
We've now copied the letters and scanned the photos from three of Elsie's Red Cross WWII binders.
But something happened yesterday I hadn't counted on. After we left Elsie, I realized what we did was important.
WHAT WAS IT?
Our conversation wasn't one sided anymore. It was so relaxed, just like old times. Our friendship came shining through, despite the years apart. What a blessing. What a joy.
While we girls were sharing and giggling, Mr. Myrt was photocopying on our newly purchased all-in-one in the other room. He is a gem.
|That's Ol' Myrt's Dad in those suspenders! 4 July2007.|
I had been so busy figuring out how to interview Elsie, but she in her gracious way turned the tables and interviewed me. It was a wonderful day!
Aren't conversations better than putting Elsie under a microscope and dissecting her life?
One of the good things about this visit is that I've come to appreciate my time with Elsie.
I also appreciate our friends Barbara and Johnny, who are supportive in every way.
I've also come to appreciate how much effort Elsie put into these binders years ago. It is making my job so much easier.
Happy family tree climbing!
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