Lita and I had the pleasure of visiting with several former employees of our law firm. Debbie Scott, Karen  Eichlerk and Anne Roberson worked with us a paralegals for many years. In fact, I hired Debbie as a recent high school graduate and until a few months ago she has continually worked for the firm. Both Karen and Anne were from Mount Vernon and none of the three had any formal paralegal training. They learned on the job and were great in what they did. Anne moved from Skagit County went to work for Seattle attorney Karen Koehler where she is still employed. Karen now lives in California with her husband and visits here on vacation.

The three were not only outstanding paralegals, but friends and it was a pleasure to share time with them. We visited at our Gig Harbor home and had lunch at Anthony’s in Gig Harbor. It reminded me of Joseph Parry’s poem “New Friends and Old Friends”

Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
New-made friendships, like new wine,
Age will mellow and refine.
Friendships that have stood the test—
Time and change—are surely best;
Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray,
Friendship never knows decay.
For ‘mid old friends, tried and true,
Once more we our youth renew.
But old friends, alas! may die,
New friends must their place supply.
Cherish friendship in your breast—
New is good, but old is best;
Make new friends, but keep the old;
Those are silver, these are gold.
It was a treasure to share time with these old friends and great paralegals.

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