Little brother

I hope you will remember previous posts I’ve written about my younger brother.  He now lives in a wonderful Intermediate Care Facility near by and I see him twice a month and sometimes more often.  I love him dearly and he makes me smile, most of the time.

I promised him back in the summer that I would take him on a trip to meet up with his old girlfriend  that lives in another town about an hour away from where he is now.  It has been 15+ years since they had seen each other.  They send cards and letters to each other but had no way of seeing each other. My brother is not a big talker on the phone so they didn’t call each other either.

Right after Christmas I had a two full weeks off and set up a date for them two of them to have lunch together and go to a mall.  I called her sister to see if everything could be arranged.  Her sister does not drive so we couldn’t meet half way but I picked Dean up at 10:00 a.m. and we drove to her house to pick up her and the sister.  I took them all to Applebee’s for lunch at one of the local malls.  On the way to lunch they sit in the back seat of my car holding hands and exchanged Christmas gifts.  The sister and I got quite a kick out of watching and listening to them.  It was as if there had never been 15 years and almost 60 miles between them.  We took lots of pictures, ate and let them order whatever they wanted, and then we went shopping in the mall.  They hit every jewelry counter in the mall and talked about getting married.  They’re so funny.  He bought her a stuffed animal cat and she calls it Dean.  Hope you can see the happiness in their faces!

Dean and Judy at Applebees

Dean and Judy at Applebees

Applebees is their favorite restaurant

Applebees is their favorite restaurant

They ordered FOUR desserts and ate it all!!

They ordered FOUR desserts and ate it all!!

Ice cream all over his face

Ice cream all over his face

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Cheesecake desserts-chocolate and strawberry

Cheesecake desserts-chocolate and strawberry

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At Judy's house

At Judy’s house

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Time to head home

Time to head home

We’ll make sure they get together again in warmer weather!!

12 responses to “Little brother

  1. Love his smile 🙂

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  2. My daughter, Ellen, sent me this blog post because she knew I would enjoy it, which I did. Very much. Dean and Judy lived out a fantasy of mine, ordering multiple desserts on the Applebee’s menu. I will be inspired by their spirit next time I go to Applebee’s. Seize the day!

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    • I’m so glad you checked out the blog. I do try to educate people on farming while entertaining them with family and our life on the farm. I’ll have to get Ellen to bring you to the farm the next time you are in Virginia. Hope you continue to follow and enjoy my blog!!

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  3. Rita, this is such a sweet story! It’s amazing they’ve kept up with writing all this time. And I love the bit about the cat named Dean! One more entry in a long list of wonderful things you (and Eddie!) have done for your families! –Ellen

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  4. How sweet of you to initiate plans for this reunion. It’s a heart-warming story.

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  5. Rita – how wonderful it brought tears to my eyes! I love that they held hands and exchanged gifts. And most important they had 4 desserts. I laughed so hard. How special for them. Thank you for sharing a wonderful story. Love Carol

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  6. I have a wonderful brother that brings out the good in me! Miss you!
    Rita

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  7. I just LOVE IT!!!! they look so happy…. you are a wonderful sister

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