On August 16th & 17th, 2021, we were finally able to make the four hour trip to see Ben. Covid and my health had been the deterrents. We picked him up about 1:30 pm from his living unit, and he looked great. He was well-groomed and dressed neatly. He seemed at first like he couldn’t believe his eyes though…that we were truly there (we hadn’t seen him since last October). We took him to our hotel room, and he worked a puzzle for a while. We then went shopping, and then, on to Chili’s to let him have his favorite dinner–chicken fingers, corn-on-the-cob. and mashed potatoes and gravy. The before and after of that plate of food was a sight to behold. We had little Almond Joy candy bars for dessert back in our hotel room, and then looked through his picture scrapbook I had made him. He really enjoyed that trip down “memory lane” and remembered each relative he saw. We took him back to his living unit to sleep that night. We picked him up the next morning at 7:30 am, and took him to McDonald’s for pancakes, bacon and eggs. That was a real treat for him.
We then went back to the hotel for him to finish his puzzle, and my husband took something down to the car, so was gone for a few minutes. I went over to Ben, put my arm around his shoulder, and said, ” Ben, we love you and we miss you. We are proud of you…you are a brave man. We are going to go on home now, and we’ll take you back to your living unit, and we’ll come see you again as soon as it is possible. I could tell that he was listening intently, and when I got through, he turned his head and kissed me on the cheek. THAT was profound! Such a blessing! Then, when we took him back, all the fellows he lives with were saying happily, ” Ben’s back–Ben’s back!” He walked in with a smile on his face, and when I looked in at him, he smiled and waved to me. How wonderful to see him again, and to be able to leave him looking happy and content. God is SO good. I feel for the first time that if anything were to happen to us (we’re 83 years old), that Ben would be able to cope. THAT is a BIG relief. I believe that’s what God was showing me this visit. I/we cannot do all we used to do due to health issues…and that has been a BIG concern to us. So, we are SO thankful he has a place and is well taken care of. PTL!
The long awaited feast!
The plate wiped clean!