We met Tom and Lesa Franken in Germany in the late 1970’s while Tom and Dave were stationed there in the Air Force. Since they were from SD and MN, we were instant friends. Then we both moved to SD and attended SDSU after leaving the Air Force. After college, the Frankens moved to Watertown, SD and we eventually moved to Rapid City, SD. So we have seen each other several times over the years. It has probably been about 4 years since we last saw each other.
Swampscott is a beautiful little community on the bay north of Boston. After breakfast at a little diner, we went to Heidi and Tom’s home that was built in 1900. We sat in the backyard and visited all afternoon. Heidi’s husband Tom is from England. He just returned from Argentina for work this morning. So while he and Henry napped, we had our own Boston Tea Party in their backyard. Heidi was a gracious hostess. Lesa’s mother, Margaret Olson, from MN came with Tom and Lesa. They were here for a week to babysit while Tom was in Argentina and their normal daycare was on vacation. So it was a coincidence that we would be in Boston at the same time.
We decided to stay another night at the same hotel so we could go to dinner with them at the Tides restaurant on Nahant Island. The island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. We had to have Boston baked beans as a side. It was a beautiful day/evening. We are loving this weather in the low 70’s.
This was another fun day of reconnecting with friends. We have been blessed to be able to coordinate with so many friends this week. And they are all long term friends that you feel like you just saw yesterday even though it’s been years.
|Leas and her mother Margaret by Heidi's home built in 1900
|Our Boston Tea Party with 3 generations, Heidi, Margaret and Lesa
|Dave, Mary, Lesa, Tom
|Tom and Henry Pettit, Dave and Mary, Heidi, Lesa, Margaret