My client every other Monday is Mr. B…recently celebrated his 89th birthday, widower for several years now and one of his daughters and her cocker spaniel Freddy are presently living with him.
My work day there starts with a cup of coffee and a chat that lasts almost an hour. I hear stories about his deceased wife, his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments, the neighborhood, and the past.
Two weeks ago he went on his annual trip to the beach in NJ…a tradition that started more than 50 years ago…they would always go down a few times during the year but always on that particular week and the same motel. The friends they made on that particular week had continued coming as well and it was a reunion of sorts every year. They would keep in touch during the year and spend their “happy hour” out on the motel’s porch together.
The motel has been owned by the same family all this time. The husband passed away years ago but his widow and daughters still run the motel with the grandchildren working there as well. Every year the owner(now in her 80s) says to him, “Hope we’ll see you next year” and he replies, “as long as I can, I will be coming down”.
All of Mr. B’s children made it down there this time…no spouses or children allowed. The siblings were grateful to just be siblings for a week and be all together again. Days were spent doing what they felt like doing and dinners were eaten out together. What remains of the week are happy photographs of them all.
Mr. B brings home boxes of fudge and it was chocolate peanut butter this year…with the exception of the little girl next door…his 4 year old friend who comes and sits on the porch with him and Freddy…she got vanilla marshmallow. His neighbors on each side got fudge, the lady down the street(her husband used to be his best friend), the mail lady and lucky me, I got some as well 🙂 Even though I don’t eat much sugar these days, I will eat the fudge…in small doses.
Mr. B often says he’d like to go down in the Spring for a few days next year….and I hope he does…I hope he does.
til next time…Eva