We were looking forward to Saturday in a big way. Hershey Theatre was back in operation and we had tickets for a show. We have been waiting for two years to return to our Broadway series. The show, Waitress was a holdover from the last season before the pandemic hit. We had seen the show on Broadway and were excited about seeing it again.
On an equal par of excitement about seeing the show was the fact that we were going to meet our theatre friends for lunch before going to the theatre. We have four people who have the seats behind us at the theatre that we have become friends with over the years since we all get season tickets each year and keep our same seats.
A few years ago we decided that we should get together before the show and have some lunch. The six of us have been meeting at Houlihan’s in Hershey for the last several years to enjoy a meal and just get caught up with each other and what has been happening in everyone’s life. Pat and Cathy are mother and daughter. Anita worked with Pat, and Chris is a friend of theirs. We live an hour away from the theatre and they live an hour and a half away. The only time we see each other is on show days.
This time our lunch was smaller. Chris decided not to come to the show because of Covid concerns. Pat wasn’t there because she passes away a couple of months ago. She had had several strokes and she did not recover. Although in her mid eighties, Pat was always sharp, enjoyed life to the fullest, and always had a smile on her face. As the four of us sat eating our lunch, we couldn’t help but miss Pat. We know that in spirit she was with us enjoying the food and the conversation.
Pat, you are missed.