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Easter Seals

April 6, 2013

Massachusetts – Sunday, March 31

I thought an appropriate donation for Easter Sunday would be Easter Seals! So that is the office I was trying to find yesterday afternoon in Boston so I could get a picture of it. All I could get was the outdoor picture of the group of non-profit offices it’s located with, but, in another coincidence, I now have an even better Easter Seals picture to post. Last night when we were going through the many old family scrapbooks, I learned more about Harold’s (my mom’s cousin) immediate family, including his kids, who I’ve never met. One of his sons was born with cerebral palsy, and back in 1964 he was the poster child for Easter Seals, and we ran across that poster on the very day I was trying to take an Easter Seals photo in Boston. I thought that was a pretty happy coincidence! So that is my Easter Sunday donation – with a family connection since he was a second cousin. It’ll get mailed in tomorrow.

Harold and Edie spent the morning at church while Tula and I set out to do most of our walking so that I didn’t have to vanish in the middle of the afternoon to walk when there would be other people around. We stayed relatively nearby, and first walked a little over 2 1/2 miles around the town of Marlborough. I was surprised to see so many stores and businesses with Spanish signs and information. Later I found out that this area has a large Brazilian population, and the signs were Portuguese. And I also ran across the house that is the most-decorated for Easter that I’ve seen – inflatables and all!

Then I drove down a pretty 2-lane highway to Longfellow’s Wayside Inn, which is the oldest continuously operating inn in the country. It’s located along the Boston Post Road, and travelers have been stopping there since 1716. It’s too bad all these old buildings can’t enjoy all the history they’ve seen! I wandered around the grounds a bit, and also went to see the old mill down the road, but those grounds were closed. Henry Ford actually built that mill, as a fully-working replica, and a white church across the street (named after his mother Mary). And he was the last private owner of the Wayside Inn back in 1923 – his hopes were to develop the area into a historic village, and things didn’t work out as he planned, so he later built Greenfield Village in Michigan. Had he been successful here in Massachusetts first, there would be no Greenfield Village!

And from there I went on to Sudbury for another few miles of walking. One path led through the woods and there’s still snow on the ground. So I finished 6 miles before heading back to the condo in time for lunch. Harold and I spent some more time going through some more scrapbooks during the afternoon while Edie fixed an Easter dinner – I offered to help but she turned me down – I feel very spoiled 🙂 The Easter bunny even brought me a basket this morning! Their former pastor, a lady about my age who has just moved back to Cambridge, came by for dinner too, and it was delicious. I don’t often get to enjoy lamb because my kids don’t care for it, so it was a nice treat to enjoy a special Easter dinner.
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