Our morning stop was at Whole Foods for at least an attempt at a healthy start. We did pretty good, the peanuts were very popular, plus we had sliced apples and rolls and shared one large organic Rice Krispy!
This morning when Jennifer picked up T she was introduced to a childhood friend who was in town. T talked quite a bit about his buddy on the drive, telling Jennifer they got into trouble together, but not the kind “that would make my mom really mad”. Over coffee JM told everyone about a recent conversation with her daughter that many in our group could relate to. She said her daughter, who is college age, told her something along the lines of “I’ll always need you”, which JM said made her feel proud and made her feel like crying at the same time. We get that!
D pointed out the architecture in the Whole Foods which has never crossed my mind! But yes – the windows, the open ceilings, the natural light. It IS interesting. D told us about the start up of the Women’s NBA – something else many of us have not focused on, and then he turned and focused on a Whoopie Pie in a nearby pastry shelf! Ha!
Jennifer mentioned how she has an event coming up this weekend that she’s apprehensive about, and T so thoughtfully told her, “But you are wonderful. You’ll do great. There’s nothing to worry about”. Ahh. And P told us about how he and his wife will be downsizing soon. Steve got a kick out of this conversation between them, Steve said “you won’t have to mow anymore” and easy-going P said, “oh, I don’t mind mowing. Well. No. I guess I do. ” And then the same about shoveling snow! “I don’t mind. Well, I guess I do”.
While walking out of Whole Foods, E laughed when she spotted the sign for the restaurant called Snooze. “I bet I could wear my pjs in a place named Snooze!”
Then off to our next adventure, a visit to the gallery “Arts of Denver”. This is a small space and we only had about 20 minutes to look around, which was just right. JM kept going back to a painting of a little girl who was looking at a statue of a girl, with an impressionistic image of another female looking over them both.
E really liked the painting of two men in the mountains. E really liked this and asked the price. Jennifer said, “$2,000” and quick witted Eleanor said, “oh. I only have $1800”
In the car earlier this morning there was a James Taylor song on the radio that D and Steve discussed. What did the lyrics mean? Can they be interpreted differently by different people? And then D brought it up again in the gallery, talking about perspective.
Lunch today was at Poppies, they are so good to us. We had an 11:45 reservation, and walked right in on their busy Friday. The waiter was “fantastic”, Jennifer said, extra friendly to everyone. P got a kick out of the Bandito Burrito on the menu and ordered one for himself, then tried to sneak in a Spanish word wherever possible throughout lunch, lots of “Si senior” and “Adios”. He couldn’t finish his massive burrito, but he gave it a go!
E felt very much that she and her husband had been to Poppies over the years, that would certainly make sense. It’s sort of an institution in that part of town.
Wings over the Rockies was our last stop of the day. We had been warned that with spring break going on it could be packed with kids, and that they tend to leave by 2:30. So we arrived about 1:30 and found a large open area of the museum where everyone in our group could safely roam independently, as all the children were heading out the doors in the opposite end of the building. Jennifer enjoyed watching everybody walking over to whatever caught their eye, and T and JM paired up and talked about all they were seeing. E had a hard time here, she was reading the statistics about the horrors of war, and became emotional. We were there to support her, and got her refocused as quickly as possible.
Lots of variety today… Fine art and Whoopie Pies and 70s music and aviation history!