|1978 RCC Swim & Dive Team|
|1981, I was 15 years old.|
"What's the deal with all the quilts?"
Here's a quick catch-up for anyone who missed the last three decades. In 1989 I bought a quilt. It was only supposed to be one quilt, a great old quilt to make my future house a home. Over the years, I bought other quilts and used them to decorate the walls. Twenty years later, I had a lot of quilts, but no idea what to do with them all, so I started sharing them. People were interested, and soon, things started happening.
|2011 - my first exhibition at Benton County Museum|
|2013 - my first feature article in Quilters Newsletter Magazine|
|2015 - my first book!|
|I retired from swimming in 2009, a two-time USMS National Champion, |
FINA Masters World Champion and USMS Long Distance All-Star
When I bid farewell to most of my childhood swimming friends, the internet barely existed and there certainly wasn't anything like Facebook. We didn't share our high school swimming experience since I went away to Peddie, and our teams did not compete with each other. I always wondered what it would have been like to stay closer to home and keep closer tabs on friends and teammates. Maybe I would've known where they went.
|1980 RCC Swim & Dive Team|
We're all grown up now, even the smallest kids on the team have kids of their own and I am thankful to finally see how things turned out for them. We lost a few friends, and we miss them terribly, but at the same time we want to know and we want to remember them.
Social media is far from perfect, especially in the current political climate. In the last year, social media was even kind of dreadful at times. That's why it is so nice to know social media can serve a better purpose, to virtually reunite a group of people who spent several wonderful summers together as kids. What a great boost it was for me, and I hope it was for them, too. Long time no see!