Tuesday morning called for devouring another Florida navel orange. Then said farewell to our temporary home in search for brunch at a place found by Rachel. It was called “EggsTRAordinary”. Learn more about it by clicking here. I ordered a wonderfully extraordinary omelet made of egg whites and mushrooms. Writing this reminds me of some other places we had eaten. If you are in Sarasota and wish to explore beyond popular Dutch eating places I suggest you try the Toasted Mango and Big Olafs ice creamery among many other options.
Memories warmed us as we sat across from the resting place of ashes at the Bahia Vista columbarium. Esther Kniss and Miriam Nauman carried Rhoda’s ashes from the sanctuary by Esther Kniss and Miriam Nauman, followed by ministers’ wives and widows as honorary pall bearers. While seated on the bench, I decided to take a picture and saw that our images were reflected. It reminds me of Paul’s words: “Now we see through a glass (mirror) darkly, but then face to face.”
Next we went to see Jim Miller and his place of business. Jim had been a member of the pastoral team at Bahia Vista, pastor at Covenant Mennonite Fellowship, and had spoken the final words at the columbarium when we put Rhoda’s ashes and the teddy bear in the niche. The plan is that some day my ashes will take the place of the teddy bear given her by her granddaughter, Diana. Jim’s grandmother and I eat in the same dining room here at Greencroft. I was the bearer of small gifts to her and Joyce. Next we went to Sarasota’s airport. Eldon and I checked in at Delta and Rachel returned the rental car. It is likely that I left Sarasota for the last time.
Sun warmed air behind
Hoosier cold awaiting
Welcomed by my friends