When we were in California for my brother-in-law’s funeral, we had the opportunity to spend time with good friends who were not in town when we were there last September.
Darryl and Alice are really a neat couple, very special to us. We met them years ago when their friend Ken Salter came to First Presbyterian, Downey, to lead the choir. They came and sang with us and we got to be very close. Now retired, they were elementary school teachers in the L.A. Unified school district. Alice is very creative and quite musical. We would go to their house and Alice would pass out the kazoos and she’d play the piano while we accompanied. A lot of fun.
They have a weekend home in Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto mountains above Palm Springs (up for sale, anyone interested?), and they invited us to spend a weekend with them once. What a great time that was. They introduced us to what we call “Darryl and Alice” soup: take one can of cream of chicken soup, put it in a saucepan, add a same-size can of chicken broth (or use the c of c can to measure) instead of water. Stir it real good to get the lumps out and bring it to a boil. Take it off the heat, add a cup of instant rice, put a lid on it and let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed by the rice. That’s some good stuff and couldn’t be any easier.
They bought a home in Oregon and are in the process of moving up there permanently, but for now they divide their time between the two houses. They invited us for lunch that day before the funeral and we stayed all afternoon, comparing iPhone apps and teaching each other how to do things with it, had lots of laughs and took a trip down memory lane and got caught up on mutual friends. They didn’t know George, but they came to his service. See how special they are? We are truly blessed.