Did you know it was the amazing Chris and Susan Logie’s 34th anniversary this weekend? Instead of going away as planned, they spent the early Saturday morning hours at the midnight show of Star Wars with their kids, all keen Star Wars fans. The force is strong with this family.
I didn’t take these, but I couldn’t NOT share. (Maki and I saw the film last weekend too, but we didn’t even dress up. So lame, I know.)
So they were a little tired from the midnight show and festivities and they didn’t get away for their anniversary. But instead of making up for it on Sunday, they showed up at Mesa Verde, ready to entertain Vernon as they so often do. This family is incredible. Remember, they live even further away from the care home than I do—and in a totally different direction. But they have been coming out most weekends to sing to Vernon and keep my family company. They often take dialysis shifts during the week as well, and everyone knows how much THAT means to me, practically speaking.
I know I mention them a lot on this blog, but I just get so moved whenever I think of all they have done for us. We only met them in the summertime and yet, the way they (yes, even the kids!) have committed to our family continues to blow my mind. They have included us in their generous, creative family so graciously that we can hardly remember not knowing them.
Here are Hudson and Maki both wearing the t-shirts Susan bought them.
Sometimes when Chris is singing, Isabelle and Hudson break out a game of something and stay busy at another table. One of their favorites is Star Wars Trivial Pursuit. Yesterday, they took it over to the table Lee was sitting at. Now Lee is one of the younger patients at Mesa (I’m guessing my age?) but he doesn’t have a lot of friends to hang with there. He wakes up in the afternoon and sits outside with his cigarettes and whatever else until its time for bed again. His is a very limited life. The kids didn’t let the overflowing ashtray stop them from setting up the game around Lee. He was a star wars fan too, he told me, but they were smarter. He also seemed slightly disappointed when his mom came to visit and the game had to break up.
I must say I’m impressed with kids who aren’t afraid to make friends with the disabled people on the fringes. I wish I had been more like that when I was younger, and I hope that mine are inspired to do the same as they get older.
But back to the music. This is what I’ve got. Hope it makes you feel like you were there, just a little bit…because it was a place worth being.
And without further ado: Silver Bells. Merry Christmas WEEK, everyone! I hope you enjoy every minute.