Last week we had the chance to meet up with some friends from Virginia; Evelyn was our wonderful neighbor at the river for several years and we are always glad to see her. Evelyn and Charles taught Bob and I to play "Hand and Foot" with Skipbo cards, at the river many years ago, and we have had fun playing it ever since. (Now all of you know the origins of this game we have so much fun with...how many have learned this game since then???)
Evelyn's son Chuck, and his wife, Donna, have a place in Fort Meyer's, and she came down for a visit. It was decided we would meet in Sarasota for lunch. The day turned out to be the first rainy day we have had, but it was still great to see and visit with these fine folks!
Donna, Chuck, and Evelyn
Sarasota is such a lovely bayside city....we drove around to St. Armand's Circle with it's many lovely shops and noticed a statue on the bayside that was not there on our last visit.....
"Unconditional Surrender; The Kiss", a giant statue of the sailor kissing a nurse, depicting the photo taken in Times Square on VJ Day. It is on loan, towering over Sarasota's bayfront and will remain there through the end of March. It was originally placed in Times Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. Standing 25 feet tall, it is made of aluminum and reputed to withstand Category 3 hurricane force winds. A private donor made it possible to have this statue placed here, and they are working on plans to keep it on the shore of Sarasota Bay permanently.
It was a lovely day, despite the rain!