Family seemed real only in milestone photos: birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, reunions. Hien Mai, Gian and Dao shared our home four months, then Don and Nina till that house was sold— no more swimming pool and utility maintenance! Campbells went back to Guinea; Jean and I moved to the Silver Spring townhouse.
Diverting romantic urges in dramatic roles, I played a cleaning woman at Riverdale Presbyterian’s Side Door, raccoon at Dayspring, homeless intruder at Potter’s House. Was ecstatic when my new crush sang at our housewarming. Wonderful Counselor spoke through Church of the Savior people and places; Prince of Peace led me in daily practices of centering, walking, piano-playing. Dayshare clients became friends; friends became clients. Trips included Longwood Gardens and Virginia Beach with the Vietnamese, Washington NH with old friends.