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A Yoyo Lei for Rosalie

Looks like it’s my turn to wax nostalgic. Last week, my Friday class of 10 students met for brunch to bid our farewells to one of our dear friends, Rosalie. After spending the first 84 years of her life in California, she is now moving to Hawaii to be with her only daughter and family. Although we are delighted that she will be close to her family, we are saddened to see her leave. Wanting to gift her with something meaningful from all of us, we came up with the idea of making a yoyo lei; so perfect for her new home on the big island.

When we arrived at the restaurant, the yo-yos were placed into a small basket. During brunch, the basket was passed around and one by one we strung the yo-yos. It was such a lovely gathering of friends, remembering . . . .


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the special moments we shared together over the past 10 years,


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the many friendships that were formed,


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Rosalie’s joyful spirit and contagious giggle,


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her love of quilting and sharing stories of her dear grand dog, Finnegan,


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and the day we named her our team captain. You see, we often took breaks during class to shoot baskets on the basketball court next door to our classroom. As hard as we tried, no one could complete with our Rosalie! Here’s a photo of her with her jersey. She says it’s time to pass the torch. However, we must come to Hawaii to claim the title and the jersey! I see a trip in my future.


Rosalie with her team jersey.

Rosalie with her team jersey.


When the final yoyo was attached, the ends were joined and then placed over the head of our special guest of honor. The expression on her face says it all.


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Aloha, Sweet Rosalie.  You will be missed.


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