Trudy's Presence Then
Growing up knowing Trudy was one of the best gifts a girl could ask for. I met Trudy when I was just weeks old. Over the next 15 years, I watched and learned from Trudy. She did so much with me, from making afternoon snacks, reading, sitting in the sun, to cooking and baking. Trudy taught me about kindness, hospitality and making people feel welcome. When I think of Trudy, I remember that homemade cookies needed to be in a beautiful tin or carefully placed on good china before serving. I think about the Christmas parties she hosted and how she made sure everyone was attended to, with food, drink and attention. But, most of all, in my memories I feel the awareness she had for what others liked and what she could do with that information to bless the person. When life served up stress or pain, Trudy’s presence was as comforting as her fresh baked cookies!