Friday, September 30, 2016

Here's to a legend and a legacy

You might think with the name Paula Kramer, I'd be a better golfer. I gave the game a try-out about ten years ago and even took lessons. I told the golf pro he could tell everyone he taught Paula Kramer how to golf! You golfers out there will understand.

And what does golfing have to do with beading? They don't have much in common other than fans with an affection for small round objects. But it's only fitting today to pause from beading to salute one of the greats: Arnold Palmer. As most everyone knows, golfers and non-golfers alike, Arnie passed away Sunday, September 25th.

He leaves a legacy of excellence at his craft but more importantly a legacy of kindness. Many folks around Western PA have an Arnie story and mine is very recent, told by a friend of our son who was attending a golf outing at Latrobe Country Club. He was with three friends when he saw a familiar stance on the green opposite where they were playing. Yes, it was Arnie who stopped to watch our friend tee off. Can you imagine? That would be like Sherry Serafini coming over to my home to watch me bead. Yikes! After a particularly bad shot, Arnie came over and gave him a few tips and then encouraged our friend to try again. He did and hit a great shot. That story sums up Arnold Palmer: someone who took time for everyone.

Most golf courses around here flew their flags at half mast this week and the course where my hubby played offered the prayer card shown here.

But the very best tribute was this tweet by Pittsburgh sports writer Gerry Dulac who featured a picture of a spectacular rainbow over Latrobe Country Club shortly after the service when Arnie's ashes were spread on Thursday.

I guess even our Supreme Being is a member of Arnie's Army. RIP Arnold Palmer. We're lucky to have had you on this earth.


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