As I was not able to visit Vernon today, some of his other friends brought him company. Our dear friends Joe and Nancy Severson and Sandy Hazen, who have already visited on numerous occasions, sent me pictures of their time together. Sandy must have been taking them, as she isn’t showing up in these. (Sandy, by the way, has taken time out of her busy life to help me pack boxes every single day this week…and then found time to go see Vernon as well.) Our family is so grateful to these big-hearted friends.
“Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.” —Robert Browning
Joe brought his guitar and he and Nancy sang a few songs they had prepared just for Vernon. Sandy brought her little Ukulele, which Vernon tried to play, before admitting his eyes couldn’t see well enough to find the strings with his right hand. Something to work on…
Joe also brought a book filled with pictures of vintage travel posters, which they both enjoyed perusing.
They were all impressed at how much he has recovered since they saw him last, and they have committed to visiting him every Friday that they can make it. I expect its these kinds of visits, knowing other people want to hang out with him, that will bring new improvements. Music and Friendship…such food for the soul!
In other news, we picked Maki up from the airport today, much to Justine’s obvious delight. He had a great time, of course. I”ll admit I’m a bit jealous, I’ve never been to New Zealand.
I think he might have grown another inch or two as well. Is that possible in three weeks? I hear his stepdad IS the greatest cook on the planet though…so it is likely.
We will move tomorrow morning. The house is packed and as ready as its going to be. We’ll say goodbye to another home and hello to a new season.