Gail and Denvy
Almost 50 Years and Counting
Year Forty-One - 2010
In spring as Denvy and Gail rounded up the broken limbs, they studied each branch for its potential as part of a music stand, a side table, the head board for a bed or any other type of wood project. While Gail spent the summer creating a quilt for Weiwei and Rob, Denvy put branches together to form a bed.
Weiwei promised that some day she would give her American Baba and Mama a tour of her part of China. In 2008 when they left the students prematurely they promised they would return. In December of 2010 both promises were fulfilled as they traveled to Nanchang where they stayed in an apartment of Weiwei's aunt, traveled to the childhood village of Weiwei and visited with her parents. Weiwei's parents hosted a celebration of Weiwei and Rob's wedding and in Shanghai they met and shared a meal with Weiwei's cousin and aunt.
From Shanghai Weiwei and Rob headed to Thailand where it was warm and Denvy and Gail headed to northern China to visit with the parents of Dapeng and Zhengwei, former students from Western Oregon Univerity , and some of the best friends they had acquired when they were exchange scholars at WOU. It was cold and the museums they visited were outdoor venues. The weather was so cold but the friendships were and remain so very warm.