Optometrist’s optometrist eyes daffodils
Grand Glen Ellen congratulations to Glen Ellen neighbor and friend Dr. Darrell Carter. He was recently elected to the Optometry Hall of Fame at the University of California.
Darrell’s sweetie, Mary Kate, shared the news with me, all the while laughing about how tough it was to find the proper outfit for such an elegant affair in the Bay Area. The reception, award ceremony, and dinner were held at the University Club at the very top of Memorial Stadium with towering glass walls featuring views of the gleaming sunset across the bay.
Mary Kate said, “I knew what I should wear, I just didn’t want to get out of my usual Glen Ellen outfit of New Balance tennies and blue jeans.”
No doubt, she found the right fashion to proudly accompany Darrell to the event. He was an optometry professor at UC for 35 years, and then continued to teach part time. Highly respected among his colleagues, Darrell’s specialty was treating eye diseases with pharmaceuticals. He did innovative work in this field, later sharing his findings with his many students.
While I was talking to Mary Kate I told her how much I admired the bright daffodils that lined Arnold Drive on, above, and below their property. She smiled and said I needed to thank her good neighbors Jeanne and David Everidge, who live in the Glen Ellen Gatehouse. After filling their own yard with those blazing yellow harbingers of spring, they lined the road with extras. Good move, David and Jeanne. You make our village shine with the glory of spring, even before it arrives. We thank you. And suggest the same to other Glen Ellen gardeners.
Flower flinging fairy godmother
My friend Marsha Sheahan and her sweetie, Tom, shared one of my favorite stories left over from Valentine’s Day. Apparently, they were waiting in a long line of folks outside Sondra Bernstein’s Glen Ellen restaurant, Fig Cafe. The wait turned into a romantic Glen Ellen happening, thanks to a passing motorist. As the driver slowed the vehicle (I imagine a silver coach, though Marsha didn’t specify), this fairy godmother, a Valentine messenger, showered the crowd with bouquets of flowers … red and pink carnations, and white daisies, each a blessing of love.
Marsha and Tom said they were both thrilled to experience a little Glen Ellen magic.
Now, I can’t guarantee it, but it’s my guess that the cupid of Arnold Drive was most likely Tasha Jacobsen. It’s just the kind of trick she likes to play, making folks happy and sharing her bounty of flowers. And, if it wasn’t Tasha this time, she has done it before. Heads up, my fellow valentines!
The rest of the story
As for me, I knew about the flowers, but not because I was there to see them scattered. My sweetie and I spent Valentine’s Day in the most romantic place we can imagine, the ocean. Wandering the tide line along the roaring Sonoma Coast made our day memorable. With a thick, enshrouding fog obscuring the hills and a vivid bright sun on the water, the scene was dreamily romantic, slightly unreal and blessedly beautiful.