Along Seminary Road are lovely old colonial homes, mostly brick. There are so many ways that bricklayers adorn windows by framing them with inlaid assorted brick designs or placing inlaid brick arches over them. Where bricks form a corner you can find all sorts of edging that sparks the imagination. We don't seem to have as many old brick homes in New England as Virginia. There is a marked distinction between old brick and new brick.
It's been a beautiful week in Alexandria, a good visit with my mother and stepfather. There are all the joys and challenges of living in a community. I've heard some of the community's gossip, seen new faces, sadly observed two residents arguing at dinner and parting with hurt feelings, been hugged by nurses, heard about an 84-year-old woman being smitten over a 79-year-old man who prefers a friendship vs. a romance, seen a change in many aging folks, observed many reaching out to care for those around them, seen couples in their 90's still holding hands and tapping their feet to music, and listened to some interesting stories. Tomorrow I head home after a few final errands. It's been good and it's good to head home.
With blessings and prayers,