Saturday, July 15, 2017

Ken's 1st. Visit

Dad has been in his new apartment now for 5 weeks, and Brother Ken has not seen him or his new apartment as of yet.
Ken asked me last Monday if I would take him to see Dad this week. He chose Friday as a good day to go, asked if we could have dinner with him and then suggested we keep it a surprise to Dad.

Dad's dinner time is at 6 PM. We arrived at 5 PM and stopped at the main office to purchase our dinner tickets. Afterward, we headed toward his apartment but noticed on the way to his apartment that he was sitting outside the dining room waiting for it to open.

When Dad first saw us, a huge smile came to his face. He immediately came over to see us. Ken wanted to shake his hand but Dad had his left hand extended and Ken had his right hand on his oxygen tank.
Ken & Dad embrace each other.
As we had almost an hour before the dining room would be open, Dad wanted to show Ken his apartment. (The photo above shows the hall we walk down to get to Dads apartment). 
Unlocking his door, which Dad has trouble doing at times.

Upon entering Dad started showing Ken around the apartment. Ken was really impressed at how nice it was and told Dad several times how much he liked it, and that he was glad he was here instead of his house. 
Showing Ken around his apartment.

After the tour, we sat in the living room and had great conversations. Dad asking Ken how he is feeling, telling us how he is "starting to get used to his new home" and how he alerted the office of a tenant that was having trouble breathing. 

Around 5:50 PM we left the apartment to make the short walk to the dining room. The three of us were directed to the "reserved table" that is used for visitors. There we enjoyed a delicious meal of salad, onion soup, fish, potatoes, and a generous portion of butter pecan ice cream for dessert. 

Ken mentioned several times through the dinner that he "had to stop and catch his breath". I could tell he was having trouble breathing and that he was tiring out rapidly. 

After dinner, I asked Ken if he wanted to go back to the apartment, or head on home. He said he was getting tired and was ready to go back home.

Dad walked us out, through the entry doors of the complex, and waved us a good by as we drove away. My thoughts were, "I only hope this won't be the last time Ken has dinner with Dad". About that time Ken said, "Let's do this again, I really enjoyed this visit with Dad." 

As long as Ken is able, I will be here for him to take him anywhere he wishes.

Until next time, be safe and God Bless.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Annual Bike Parade

As the story goes, Grandpa granted his Granddaughter's special wish some 20 plus years ago.
One a 4th. of July family gathering, granddaughter asked if they could go on a bike parade. Grandpa with his soft heart for his grandchildren had them start to decorate their bikes up with flags and balloons. He, not having a bike, decorated his riding mower.

Off they went around the block. Grandpa riding his mower down the middle of the street with his grandkids following him on their bikes.

Fast forward now to today. The yearly parades have grown larger through the years. An antique firetruck with the Mayor would always be behind the original grandkids leading the parade. This year we missed the firetruck as it had mechanical problems and didn't make it. The Mayor had a cast on her leg and couldn't walk the route, so she stayed back at the start/finish area waiting for the participants to return.

 We had some of the best seats for viewing the parade, as it goes right past our home!

Looking down the street we could see the parade forming. 

Not having the Antique Fire Truck with the Mayor riding and waving leading the parade,  the US Naval Sea Cadets stepped up to lead the parade. This was their first year of attending our neighborhood parade. A welcome site for sure! 

People dress up for the parade in all sorts of attire. Some ride bikes, push baby carriages
or walk along with their pets.

Everyone had a wonderful time, be it the parade participants or the parade viewers. Following the parade, the burgers and dogs were put on the grill. Along with the regular fixens, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the deck in perfect weather. Another memory made.