The Beach Legion Club graciously and generously offered up the top floor of its building for the venture. Once a roller skating rink, there was work to do to remodel the space.
David called for help and although many townspeople came to pitch in, one was there every day.
Rick Wilson Sr. showed up after work and on weekends and brought his carpentry skills. He was faithful to the task and wanted it for the kids as much as David wanted it.
Last week, Rick suddenly left this world. He definitely left a void in the hearts of his family and his many friends.
He and David called themselves the “amigos” and that they were for sure. I have visions now of a great reunion in the sky. I know David welcomed his dear old friend. I know that the two of them are laughing again.
God bless Rick’s wife Connie and their children and the countless others who miss him.
Simply, Rick was one of the good guys.
I’m sure my readers are getting tired of me droning on about the move. But, we are really getting close now. In less than three weeks, the movers will be here. We’ve got things lined up and ready to go.
A lot of our friends are moving to different states, leaving California. No matter what the reasons for leaving, we all are happy in our moves.
The bonus is we now have different places to visit, including back to California now and again.
Tom and I love to travel. As I’ve written time and again, nothing makes me happier than a road trip. God bless Tom. He has caught on to the adventure of it all and is now as happy as I am to hit the road.
As long as we hang in there, we plan to make many future trips across country.
Some of my California family and friends are headed our way to North Dakota this summer. All is good.
I’ve discovered over my many years on this earth that the friendships you make in each chapter of your life are important indeed.
Our move to North Dakota is an example. Moving back to Beach is the same for me as moving home. It’s like I never left. Most of my family and friends are still here. We were welcomed and we didn’t miss a beat getting back into the community.
It’s tough to realize some of those folks are no longer here, but the memories of them still live in our hearts.
I see the changes in the town; some good, some sadly gone.
Life goes on, but one thing that doesn’t change is the welcome.
Life is good today. Life will be better still when we get back to Beach.
■ Contact Kathy Craigo-Harteis at email@example.com or PO Box 838, Beach, ND 58621.