Happy Palm Sunday!

I recall when I was a little boy. Palm Sunday was a big deal. Most of the family went to Church. Even those that rarely went. Everyone wanted to get palms.

There was a big family dinner. Family dinners in those days included grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. Everyone who attended brought a palm. A kiss and exchange of palms always took place.

Certain of the family were adept at making crosses and other things from the palms. After dinner they would sit around doing so. I watched. I tried. I could never get the hang of it. I both admired and envied their ability.

The men would eventually fall asleep in the living room. The ladies remained in the kitchen washing dishes and cleaning up. I played games with my cousins.

Those days of yesteryear are no more. Fewer attend Church. Churches provide less palms. Family dinners are not the same.

This is what occurs with the progression of time. I do not like it.

I did like last night, however!

What a night!

Terri White sang!

The San Carlos was packed. Excitement was in the air before Terri’s performance. Excitement permeated the theatre throughout her performance.

Terri is Key West’s Broadway star! A professional in the truest sense. You could see it. Feel it. She has it all!

Jenna was my date. We had a drink at La Trattoria before the show. After the event, there was a party at the Gardens. Lovely. A huge crowd. Good food, good drink, good company.

It was late. I dropped Jenna off.

Stopped at Don’s Place on the way home. Had a night cap with Russ. Saw Mikey.

By the time I got home, it was after one in the morning. Not my style. But I did have a good time!

Donna and Terri arrived four in the morning yesterday. Their late night flight Miami to Key West got screwed up. They had to drive in. They slept till noon. Terri rehearsed all afternoon. Then did the show and party last night. She flew out of Key West at six this morning. She has rehearsals later this morning in Washington, DC for Follies.

A hard working trouper!

Donna is still with me. Her family has all arrived. Passover Seder dinner tomorrow night. I cannot wait. Then Donna leaves Tuesday morning to join Terri.

I did not go to Church. There will be no palms for me. No exchange, either. There will be no large Palm Sunday dinner.

Things change.

However…..I will enjoy another terrific Key West Sunday! Something I did not have back then. New is not the same. Different can be hard to adjust to. But new can be good!

Enjoy your day!

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  1. Lou, just because things change with the progression of time doesn't mean you have to stop attending Mass. Sounds like you are making excuses—the church didn't leave you, you left the church. We just spent our first winter in our new home in KW and like attending Mass at St. Mary Star of the Sea. It is a beautiful church and very welcoming. Think about attending Holy Week services and Easter Sunday Mass. I think you will be glad you did! God bless.

    Fran

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