June 28, 2005
Meeting friends from Creighton Mine is no different than meeting family members. We rediscovered that on Sunday when Alex and I met Jimmy Nicholls, 89 years old, coming out of church. As soon as he saw us his face lit up with a huge smile of recognition, followed by great hugs for both of us. He is very sharp proven by the questions he asked about my parents whom he remembered quite well, asking Alex if he was still in real estate, telling me he remembered me singing in the choir at St. Michael’s. He and Alex chatted about some of the men they both had known at the mine, recalling that Alex had worked there in the Time Office. The whole time we were conversing and reminiscing with him he held my hand or touched my husband on the arm. His wonderful smile never left his face. He exuded warmth and friendship! We had a difficult time leaving him as he told us about his wife Eileen who is unfortunately in hospital at present.
Jimmy was dressed in a lovely grey suit, white shirt and tie, as is befitting a gentleman attending church on Sunday even though the temperature was nearing 30 degrees!
As we left, he claimed one more hug from both of us and told us separately that he loved us “bunches”! Our meeting with this wonderful man gave us a terrific start to our day. And we marveled once more that we just have to love Creightonites who greet us so warmly and are so genuinely happy to see us Thanks, Jimmy.