West Tisbury
Posted January 26, 2006

By Hermine Hull - 508-693-2525 - hrmhull@gis.net

"Papal blessings" were the last words my father-in-law said to me Sunday afternoon around lunchtime. It was a joke between us, that as I sat beside him holding his hand, at the end of our visit I would kiss his hand, he would say "papal blessings" and we would both laugh.

Sunday was beautiful, warm and sunny. I spent the afternoon raking leaves. A clump of snowdrops is already blooming on the south side of our house and I saw tips of crocuses and daffodils poking out of the ground. It is time to start clipping forsythia, apple, and cherry branches for bouquets indoors.
Cecily called around midnight to tell us that Richard had died. Mike and I sat together for a while; later he went next door to be with his mother and Cec. I stayed home, built up the fire and made a cup of tea, then settled in to write in my journal. Richard had turned me into a writer.

This is my first column that he hasn't proofread and edited for me. He promised to always be reading over my shoulder and I promised to always make him smile. I thought about not having a column this week, but it seemed as though a promise is a promise and I needed to do what we always did together.

Jen Rand asked that everyone in town think about anecdotes and photographs for inclusion in this year's Town Report. If you have anything, please let her know at Town Hall, 508-696-0102.

The Library Board of Trustees Fundraising Committee would like to invite the public to "Help us Grow," a brainstorming session with advisor Barbara Bellissimo, to be held Monday morning, January 30 from 9 to 11 am at Howes House. Please bring your ideas and suggestions to share. You may also e-mail in advance to Barbara@mvdonors.org.

Artist Tim Maley will be the guest reader at this Wednesday morning's story hour at the library as part of the ongoing series, "Guys Read." Children and parents are welcome. The program will begin at 10:30 am in the Children's Room.

Jim Alley has announced his candidacy for West Tisbury Selectman. He will be challenging the incumbent, Skipper Manter, for a position on the three-man board.

Anyone interested in finding out about other openings on town boards should go up to Town Hall or call Jen Rand. The warrant will close sometime in February. If you are interested in serving the town, you will find it is a very rewarding learning experience. And useful. We depend heavily on our volunteers.

News in town travels fast. Mike and I have already received phone calls, hugs, food, and condolences. Richard always said that West Tisbury was the best place in the world. Mike and I feel surrounded by our dearest friends, so touched and grateful for your support and affection. Your friendships are the richness in our lives, in sadness and in happiness, throughout so many years. Thank you all.