A Valentine Martini Lunch

Feb 14, 2015 | 7 comments

A Toast to Gordon

A Toast to Gordon

There we were – three Old Ducks at the Roo, lifting our glasses to our friend Gordon Schoewe. I don’t think he would have minded that those martini glasses were actually filled with water… with a twist!

Kaye Mulvey Cowan, Kay Buesing and I have known each other for almost forty years because of Gordon. We decided when he died last year that we would have an annual ‘martini lunch’ in his honor. After the first one on his birthday last summer, and being a bit drifty in the Remembering Dates Department, we set Valentine’s Day (or thereabouts) for our next get-together. So maybe it’s going to be a semi-annual event.

We met at 11:45 (Gordon always said “11:45” – never “12 o’clock” or “noon”) at his favorite table up in the back corner of the bar at the Lost Roo. All of us, at various times (but never together) had had lunch with Gordon there. He always had a martini or two. Of the three of us women, only Kaye is a martini drinker but yesterday she was forgoing all alcohol because of a medication she’s taking. Kay and I were sympathetic and made getting-old-is-the-pits noises.

Gordon, 2009

Gordon, 2009

We asked our waitress if we could please have water in martini glasses and when we told her why she said “With a twist. Gordon always ordered his martinis with a twist.” When she arrived back at our table with them, she offered to take our picture as we toasted our absent friend.

Kay ordered the chowder and Kaye and I each had the steak salad. Delicious! We got caught up with our latest doings – our ailments, our outings, our children and, of course, whatever gossip we’d heard. (It’s not that we don’t see one another periodically but just the three of us gathered together hadn’t happened since the first Martini Lunch last July.)

You’d think that we’d have the grace to talk a bit about Gordon seeing as how our lunch was in his honor. And we did… a little bit. But mostly we talked ‘as usual’ – much as we would have had Gordon been sitting with us. In fact, it almost seemed that he was part of our conversation. Certainly, he was listening in. I wish now that we had thought to order a martini – a real one – for him. Surely it would have mysteriously disappeared by the time our food arrived!

7 Comments

  1. Stephanie Frieze

    I am sure that Gordon WAS alongside you, enjoying the fellowship!

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  2. Pam

    How did you meet Gordon? I have a feeling he was not a volunteer in your classroom although that would have been fun!

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    • sydney

      At a Christmas party at my folks’ here in Oysterville in 1976 or 1977 — before I moved here permanently from California. (He is probably turning over in his grave at the suggestion that he might have worked in my classroom! Gordon was infamous for voicing his dislike of children. lol)

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  3. brigid

    Beautiful tribute!

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  4. Karen

    He was there with you ladies ????

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    • sydney

      He’s never far away… in spirit!

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  5. Bill

    Unc was enjoying every moment! Thanks for sharing!

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