Mama wanted to ride the MAX Light Rail and take in the sights. So on that sunny Saturday, we first rode the bus downtown from our apartment in the Alphabet District to have our favorite Portland brunch at the Bijou Cafe. Then we walked a few blocks and boarded the MAX Blue Line, west to Hillsboro. We rode all the way to the end of the line, got off that train and boarded the Blue Line to Gresham which is east of Portland. We didn't ride all the way out there, getting off instead at what was then PGE Park where we caught a 15 bus to get us within a couple blocks of home. We had a blast!
Here's a great example of Mama's outlook on life: Look ahead, take it in, and enjoy the view while you do!
I miss this little ol' lady a whole lot but am equally happy that she's not here to experience this cancer thing up close and personal. I wouldn't want to witness her initial fear and pain when I got the diagnosis. But, knowing her inner strength, I have no doubt that she'd be standing right beside me ready to reach out to squeeze my hand or give me a pat on the back.