Saturday, April 24, 2010

Surprise for Mary - Plan C

We’ve been missing our friend Mary at the Saturday morning walking/running group. She’s been in the hospital and, while she hasn’t been feeling well enough for visitors, we’ve all been desperately wanting to see her.

Plan A was to meet in the hospital parking lot this morning and get someone to bring her to a window so we could all wave to her. When we found out yesterday that she had a weekend pass to go home (for good behavior?), we moved on to plan B.

Plan B was to wait in the park across the street and have Eric bring her over on the way to the car when she was released. Getting her ‘sprung’ (waiting for the doctor to see her) ended up taking longer than anticipated, so it was decided that the trek across Smyth in a wheelchair would be too tiring after the wait. So… we moved on to plan C.

We were determined! And Plan C worked!

Mary’s sister Frances (who just arrived from Ireland yesterday) waited at the front door of the hospital with Mary while Eric went to get the car. Then they both distracted her while the group of us walked over to the entrance, signs and all, and surprised her.

I hope Mary was as pleased as we were to see her. We sent her off with Eric and Frances for some well needed rest after all the excitement (or should I say ambush?).

Mary: You are such a good friend to all of us and we wanted to do something to let you know that we love you. I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating. You are a wonderful blend of classy lady and tough broad. I'm honored to call you my friend. xo

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