This week, with my longtime friend Gary and his wife Katherine visiting, we’ve had a lot of talks about how that bond grew with us and our circle of friends in California.
We all met at a time in each of our lives that we needed the friendship. The friendships grew and gradually we realized we had become a family.
I believe God brings to us the people we need when we most need them. That was how it was with our group of friends there.
Now, we’ve all gone separate ways; some of us moved out of county or out of state.
Gary, who now lives in Georgia, and I have talked a lot about what we all mean to one another, how we miss each other, but how we have all moved on to the next and right chapters of our lives.
We’ve all been there to support each other, and that will continue. Even though we are separated by distance, we remain connected by our hearts.
We’ve played in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a couple of days and now we’re back in Beach. The Craigo Clan will gather here for brunch and later we’re taking Gary and Katherine to Medora for pitchfork fondue and the musical. We love showing off the beautiful Dakotas and so far they haven’t disappointed our guests.
I know it’s going to be hard to see these two head back to the airport and fly back to Georgia.
This will be a week of friendships ahead. The Spirit of the West celebration is in Beach this week and will include an all-school reunion. Although I didn’t attend school here, I lived here before for 35 years, so I hope to see many old friends this week.
God has been good to me, blessing me with the people I need.
I’m forever grateful for the family in which I was raised. I am forever blessed by those people who became family both here in North Dakota and in California.
Life just continues to be good today..
— Kathy Craigo-Harteis is a former Colusa County resident. Contact Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org or PO Box 838, Beach, ND 58621.