Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Parks, Pedicures and Pharmacies...and then back to Packing
As you can imagine, planning and packing for a 4-6 month transplant trip, when you are driving over 2000 miles to get there, is extremely stressful. There is so much to do, and not near enough hours in the day, or days left in this week. However, I am really trying to allow Rowan to have a good send off. So today, we took time out for some fun and some more farewells.
First we met our hospital buddy Walker at Landa Park for a picnic and some playtime. They kicked a soccer ball around, climbed on the equipment, rode the train and fed the ducks. As you can see, they had a good time and we were grateful for the chance to say goodbye for now. Walker is 2 years post transplant himself, and doing great, so getting to enjoy each other outside of the hospital is a rare and new thing for these two! Thanks for meeting us Nicole, and thanks for being such a great friend.
Next up, we met Zoe, and took Cindy (Rowan's home nurse) for pedicures. Rowan chose everyone's color. All blues, to remind us of his blue eyes:) It was a nice treat, one Rowan thoroughly enjoyed!
Our next stop was to our local pharmacy, Comal Drug. Quite honestly, they are more like family than a drug store. They take such great care of Rowan and I, and Rowan we are lucky to have found them. Rowan hugged each of them, and they all wished him well in person and in a beautiful card. Then we took a group photo. This is what good customer service looks like. This is what community support looks like. It's what caring, love and kindness looks like. Thank you for all you have done for us over the years Mr. Mendez and to your entire family and staff. We love you.
(They have 2 pieces of Rowan's artwork framed on display in the store. He did them for the Mendez family when they lost their granddaughter this past year, so they are a part of the tribute to her there. Rowan was really honored to see them next to her beautiful picture.)
It was back to packing the rest of the day and night, but after spending time with everyone pictured in this post today, it was a lot easier to handle the stress tonight.
Appreciate the people in your life, family, friends, and small businesses alike...and tell them. It makes life so much nicer. It really does.