Dear PeeVee

Dear Liza,

Today I am writing about our dear friend Pat van Noy, whom we call Peevee. It is her birthday!

I met Peevee about 20 years ago when she came to University Park Elementary School as a reading coach. She had taught in her own classroom for years, and, one last day of school, she decided to quit. She took a few years off, discovered she missed the kids, and came back to work part time.

We got to be friends and had so much fun together we just kept getting together. I met her son John, who has a different last name, working for a service group in town.

“You teach at University Park?” He asked. “You must know my Mom!”

“Who’s that?” I asked.

“Pat van Noy.” He answered.

I was so pleased. “She’s my favorite old broad!”

“Mine, too.” He said, and we got to be friends, as well.

She came to parties at our house and got to know Auntie Bridgett, Grandpa Nelson, and, of course, Harold the Stufftie. When we traveled to France and sent emails to friends, Peevee printed them all out and put them in a three ring binder for us to keep. It was so thoughtful! Because of her, we can re-visit our first impressions of Europe way back in 2008.

And Liza, when you got born and were big enough to visit, she got to know you, too.

Happy birthday, Peeves! I wish I could celebrate with you.

Love,

Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

4 thoughts on “Dear PeeVee”

  1. Evening Judy,
    Thought I would mention that there is the Rose City Book & Paper Fair at the Double Tree this weekend, and think you may want to go. Sorry I was unable to find your email in my myriad of emails, but you’ll get the idea.

    Hope you’re well,
    Kol

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  2. Judy, what a WONDERFULLY, pleasant surprise to open to the photos from fun times we shared. I loved reading your memories and Birthday greetings. So GREAT that we keep in close touch even tho’ we live far apart. Loves ya.
    PeeVee

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    1. I am so happy to know you and be able to tell folks about how sweet you are. You have made all our lives better. Love and hugs and happy birthday!

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