She was one of us.
You know: one of us Happy Healthy Saltaire youngsters the Village was guaranteed to grow.
Mary Buchler, 1946-2012.
BABY BOOMER:We knew her as "Mimi" way back when.
So much like all of us, Mimi was. Growing up surrounded by family and friends. The future was said to be unlimited in those Baby Boom years. Especially for Saltaire kids.
A skinny kid learning the ropes.
CARRIER OF THE McMANUS GENE FOR LOVE OF SAILING:
I imagine this: (poetic license here) :
Sitting at the Club:
"Here's a clove hitch
That's a bowline.
Use a reef knot to reef a sail
and a figure 8 on a cleat, but not for the main sail or you will end up swimming home.
Got that, kids?
OK. lets get out on the Bay."
A QUIET GIRL:Here's a picture of Mimi in the 1960's. A detail from a family portrait by Dana Wallace:
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Do we see a smile at the edge of sadness?
A family member wonders if it is just the image of a teenage girl awkward to smile with braces.
It was hard to tell with Mimi. I didn't know her well.
A POPULAR GIRL:Laurie Lyon and Leigh Johnson wanted Mimi on their "Saltaire's Girl Softball Team" in 1964.
Here's the roster:
ALWAYS THE ARTIST:
ALWAYS THE SAILOR:But always the sailor, Mimi was. And is.
Everyone remembers those afternoons.