I’m still playing “catch up” with my blogging so things may come into play a little out of sequence but I write them as I get to them.
I have a twice-monthly ritual in my life that takes me to Covington, Virginia, to visit my youngest brother. I go every other Sunday and we spend the day doing whatever he wants to do. It takes me an hour to get to him and then we usually spend about 4-5 hours together before I take him home to Merryfield.
We go riding on roads we haven’t been on, we visit cousins, we go shopping, but we always go out to lunch together. He loves going to Tractor Supply to look at the farm equipment and all of the “cowboy” clothing! Dean’s favorite food is hotdogs with mayonnaise only and a bacon cheeseburger!! Occasionally we have pizza or we try to find a restaurant that he hasn’t tried. Sometimes we head toward White Sulphur Springs WV or Fairlea, WV or we drive into Lexington or Roanoke. The day just depends on the mood he is in or how much time we have. He loves to shop and we try to find unusual shops to visit instead of Walmart every visit. Eddie and I picked him up a couple of weeks ago and took him with us to a family reunion and my brother, Junior, took him home after the reunion so we wouldn’t have to do so much traveling.
I enjoy our visits and sometimes we just stay at his place and do something in his room. He prefers going out though for that one-on-one visit and we talk about what he’s done since the last visit. When we go out he dresses up in a shirt and tie and always looks like he’s stepped out of a men’s fashion magazine but he likes dressing up. His health is much improved though his kidney function is only 40% but you never hear him complain and he’s put back on some weight! Merryfield keeps him busy going to movies, concerts, wrestling matches, shopping, and Lifeskills during the week. Lifeskills is a school for teaching day-to-day things that most of us take for granted but he enjoys the interaction with his house and schoolmates everyday.