We do not remember days, we remember moments.
— Cesare Pavese
We lost a great lady with the passing of Darleen Nordine this past Monday, May 30, 2011. We had a fantastic turnout of 144+ family and friends that turned out at the Whirl & Twirl dance hall for the memorial service today for Darleen as a way of showing how much we all loved her and will always have a special place in our hearts for her.I learned during the service that she was a fantastic wife, mother, fantastic cook, teacher, master gardener and world traveler, traveling around the world with Dick before they retired to Florida.
Rod and I had the great pleasure of learning to round dance with Dick and Darleen over the last 2+ years and I know we have a lot more practice to become really good dancers. To watch Dick and Darleen on the floor dancing together as they demonstrated the Cha-Cha , Rumba, Waltz or the American Swing they just flowed around the dance floor so effortlessly and it was amazing.
Rod & I will never forget the extra times she worked to help get my feet straight or show Rod how to turn me the correct way. Dick is still a positive force in our lives and encourages us in our continued journey of round dancing and we really try hard to make him proud, even when I step on Rod’s feet he still smiles. The dance to ” Roses for Elizabeth” was a favorite of Darleen’s and it is a favorite of Rod & I , even though it is a difficult dance and we don’t get to dance it that often, each and everytime I dance that round dance I will remember her.
Darleen was also a master gardener and loved growing roses. I am no master gardener, but as you can see in my blog posts I love gardening and roses are some of my favorite flowers. These are flowers and roses from my garden that I am sure she would have loved just like I do.
You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.
I know that Darleen will be missed by all her family and friends, but we have such wonderful memories to cherish.
The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.
— Josephine Baker
Until we meet again, we have the memories of you to carry us through.