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26-MAY-2005 Julie Ann Lanz


I was taking my daughter out to Friendly's for ice
cream to celebrate her "graduation" from kindergarten!
The first child in our family. I told her I'll take
just her n' me to Friendly's every year for ice cream
upon her graduation. She asked, "Even when I am in college?"
I laughed and said "of course". I saw that I started a
tradition right there and then. I knew in my heart I will
be taking each and every child there and I have four.
Just to think, Friendly's was a spur of the moment thing.

I was admiring the architecture of the dividers and how
people looked through them and I suddenly realized that
while admiring it, that I could share this on my deaf

I have to admit my lip reading skills are excellent.
Often times, if I pay attention close enough, I can
catch the entire conversation if the person is at
the next table or a little farther away from me. It's
all in being discreet! However, I try not to "listen"
to other people but my lip reading skill definitely
comes in handy when somebody is trying to tell me
something from across the room! Often times, my
husband tells me something that he doesn't want
anyone to hear. :-)

Canon PowerShot G5
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Gary Winters30-May-2005 06:56
Terrific picture and great commentary, too. Isn't it wonderful to start traditions? (And to be able to remember when they started?)
JW27-May-2005 04:46
Good picture but amazing story! I'm finding your PAD so interesting as a different view on another world. Your lip-reading skills are scary!

Reminds me when on a business trip to Holland some years ago. Our Dutch hosts spoke perfect English to us, making us feel comfortable (and lazy) but when they wanted to confer in the middle of negotiations, they launched into speaking Dutch confident in the knowledge that we couldn't understand a word and that very few foreigners would ever take time to learn Dutch - so they had a huge advantage over us! (Like you have)

Well done, again, Julie Ann. Keep these pictures coming!
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