Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Visit to Marie Jeanne
In 1982 a group of Basque families got together and built The Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. This center has 2 banquet rooms, a Pilota (hand ball) court, other small rooms and a wonderful restaurant. Marie Jeanne, John' sister, and her husband Arnaud were 2 of the founders. This center is very popular and the restaurant is very well know with visitors and patrons coming from all over. Each year they host the Pilota Championship games. The bench above was put their in memory of Arnaud. It has a plaque with his name (Arnaud Idiart) on it.
Life is difficult. People age and then they are often not themselves. It's worse when they realize it's happening, but have no control over the changes. I believe it is a huge test not only for the person, but for those who love them and are around them.
We loved seeing M.J. and talking about old times and looking at photos, but the general feeling was one of great sadness. M.J.'s children and grandchildren have made some beautiful photo albums for her in which they have written beautiful thoughts and sentiments for her. I read those aloud to her and she loved it. She remembered the events and really enjoyed hearing all the wonderful things about herself. I was happy to see her get so much enjoyment and so many laughs. We love her.