“Thank you!” from Brian Pearson …
What an overwhelming outpouring of affection Jean and I experienced through you all last Sunday! We will be forever grateful.
Your gifts were both exceedingly generous and genuinely moving:
- the Youth Group’s voice-activated home controllers (“Alexa, turn on the lights.” “Alexa, make me a peanut butter sandwich.”);
- the truly magnificent Collings OM-2HG guitar (Orchestra Model—Rosewood
back and sides / Herringbone binding / German Spruce top);
- the Book of Memories, and all the other thoughtful cards and messages;
- and yes, even Dan Hill’s “Sometimes When We Touch” (he and I were at summer camp together—me on the maintenance crew, he to go on to become a pop music icon).
And then, on top of all that, there was a cheque for an obscene amount that, it turns out, will pay the last installment of the cruise we’re taking in June with Maple Leaf Adventures on the converted tug boat the MV Swell, up the inside passage along the Great Bear Rain Forest, on B.C.’s rugged coast.
But the greatest gift of all is the friendships that have flourished, and that have sustained us, in our years together here at St. Stephen’s. We have the feeling that we will always know you, because that is how it is with true friendships. So, we don’t ask if we shall see you again, but only … when.
Thank you for everything! And every blessing as you seek a new priest to “love into being”, as this seems to be your special ministry.