We talked with Monika this afternoon at about 4:30 our time. It was 9:30 in Windhoek, and the rest of the family were still sleeping. Monika said they all just crashed when they got there in the early afternoon. The flight was fine, although somehow they missed their connection to Windhoek, but she said the airline got them on a British Airways flight, so they were okay. Only thing is, one suitcase and Tangeni's car seat are lost. Immediately I thought it was probably the bag with all the wedding flowers in it, but instead it was Jo-Ann's bag. I can't imagine anything much more catastrophic than a 17-year-old girl separated from all her clothes and faced with wearing the same outfit more than one day. Hopefully, the bag and car seat will catch up to them before they leave for Oshakati on Friday.
Monika was pleased the bag with the flowers made it ok. She was worried about that - we all know how airlines lose luggage - so she put the bride's bouquet and the groom's boutonniere in her carry-on bag just to be sure. She told me, "The wedding would be fine without centerpieces for the tables, but a bride HAS to have her bouquet!"
I have been corresponding today by e-mail with David Book, former Cabot teacher and long-time friend and fellow author. I was hoping he could write a short article for the Cabot Chronicle to continue the story about how Cabot's West Hill School was saved and restored. Barbara Carpenter has written the first part of the story, about saving the building back in 1975, and her article will be in the next issue of the Chronicle. David was teaching in Cabot in the 1990s and his Heritage Class did a great deal more work on the old school, helping to restore the inside to look as it had before it closed in about 1918.
David explained he is extremely busy writing the history of Worcester, Vermont, where he lives, but sent me a copy of an article he wrote in 1999 about working with his students on the school and gave me permission to use what I needed from that. That will certainly work - so we will have two consecutive articles about the old school.
I was very interested in the work David is doing. It parallels our writing the history of West Danville. He and two others have had some of the same stumbling blocks as our group, and it was helpful to compare notes with him. He has a deadline for finishing their book - in 2017 - so I can certainly understand that he needs to focus and not be distracted. When I worked for author Bill Lederer, he would remain isolated from everything and everybody - no phones, no visitors, no interruptions what-so-ever, when he was working on a manuscript. I like to work that way, too, but I also have to leave it sometimes when things aren't going well and do something else. That usually works and when I return to my keyboard things go better.
Here is a notice from Jaquith Public Library:
NATURAL MARSHFIELD IS BACK
LOOKING AT MOTHS
There are 1858 known species of moths in Vermont, and more than 11,000 in
North America. Learn more about them with Marshfield resident and butterfly
and moth expert Michael Sabourin, who will discuss the lives of moths. After
dark, we will go outside to see what moths we can find.
THURSDAY AUGUST 18 at 8 PM
JAQUITH PUBLIC LIBRARY 122 School St. Marshfield, Vt.
426-3581 for more information
Jaquith Public Library
122 School St. RM 2
Marshfield, VT 05658