My trip to Denver (along with my youngest son), was heart wrenching, heartfelt, and beautiful all at the same time. My brother has a rapid demise of ALS. He has a great, loving, supportive wife, a super sense of humor and keeping a positive attitude of what life has thrown him. My son and I learned how to care for him and we shared some wonderful moments.
Someone, I think Evelyn or Brenda (cyber-friends) told me things I could do for him to entertain him. I bought him a digital photo frame and put pictures on it from our childhood till present. I took pictures of his favorite places he liked to visit growing up here in South Carolina. ( I put a caption for each pic so people wouldn't have to ask him since his speaking is now quite limited to a whisper. He was overwhelmed with happiness. I have encouraged his friends to send pictures to his wife so she can add pictures of other great life moments.
I fed him some of his favorite things from home that he couldn't get in Denver. Yup, I dragged fresh peaches and my garden tomatoes through the airports just for him...also a 3 lb. bag of white grits and yellow grits. ( There were a few peach casualties). I made him peach cobbler, yummy tomato sandwiches (with Duke's mayo and white bread). He ate grits and eggs every morning and top it off with fresh sliced peaches.
My son had "those special moments" with his uncle that he will never forget and will always cherish. Mitchell was so much help and Steve appreciated "man time" with a fellow lover of sports and just being with his nephew. Steve said Mitchell did better massages than me..haha Mitchell's already trying to plan when he can go for another visit, but airplane flights and rental cars are expensive and he is entering a very hard senior year at college with a special major in chemistry. We will work hard to make the trip happen. Time is not on our side so we will make the trip during his upcoming winter college break.
|Steve and me|
|Steve and Mitchell...don't they look dapper in their new shirts|