Saturday evening Gladys and I came out of Sam’s Club after shopping for the luncheon and there were snow flurries. Sunday morning the ground was covered with a light coating of sparkly white stuff. The first snow is always so pretty. Robin and Sylvia met us at Gladys’ and off we headed for Bethesda. With the sun out, the roads were clear for the drive over to the hospital.
Thankfully, the ward was pretty quiet this visit. We like it quiet… Continue reading December 7, 2008 – 5th Floor: Tis the Season
“I could smell it out in the hallway!”
“Fill your plate – there’s plenty! Sandwiches there, chili over there, drinks behind you.”
“NO calories in the brownies!”
“Was your son wounded or are you here for something else?”
“My son was wounded – suicide bomber.”
“It’s my husband – IED.”
“Where was he?” Continue reading November 2008 – 5th Floor: Conversations…
It seems like it wasn’t that long ago that Brenda picked daffodils for the table decorations and now here we have pumpkins, gourds and wheat.
Where did the summer go?
Robin suggested doing a potato bar with all the toppings for this month’s luncheon. Deb’s Chili, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, jalapeno slices, butter, cheese sauce and broccoli made for a meal in itself. Continue reading October 12, 2008 – 5th Floor: Fall is in the air
…except when your son is recovering from a crushed pelvis and other injuries acquired while training Iraqis in house-clearing and half of the house fell on him – third deployment.
Or your son returns home on leave safely after two deployments over there and then is involved in a very serious car accident at home.
Or you’re the girlfriend who flew in from far away Continue reading August 23, 2008 – 5th Floor: Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…
And so are their families, at least the one we met at the latest MarineMoms-Bethesda luncheon was.
The men hung out with us Moms for most of the luncheon waiting for their Marine to come out of surgery and the women came in toward the end of the luncheon.
Wonderful family and so supportive of their Marine.
“OUR HERO” t-shirts that the girls had made and were wearing.
All were wearing a button with his picture on it. Continue reading June 28, 2008 – 5th Floor
A few days after our March luncheon, I asked the Moms what they thought about changing the venue of the luncheons. We had met a Marine who hung out with us that day and learned he lived in Mercy Hall while waiting for his medical discharge.
“Mercy Hall? Where’s that”
We peeked out the window.
“How many of you guys are over there?”
“I’m not exactly sure, somewhere around…”
Wheels began spinning in our minds…
It was a unanimous vote – let’s see if they’ll allow us in Mercy Hall for a luncheon.
They did! Continue reading May 28, 2008 – Mercy Hall
Spring Has Sprung!
And we turned this:
A cheery springtime luncheon – chicken salad, ham and roast beef wraps, jello salad, deviled eggs, chips and dips, pasta salad, pickles, turnovers, cookies, cheesecake, peach tea, soda, and smoothies.
Flowers by Brenda! Continue reading March 28, 2008 – 5th Floor
Just Hangin’ Out
Running a few minutes late I arrived at Deb’s in time to join her for leftover ziti and a big salad for lunch Saturday. We started preparing for our Sunday luncheon with the grocery shopping trip that afternoon. Deb and I grabbed our two carts and headed into Costco with The List, printed on card stock ‘cause I’m out of printer paper. My printer says I’m out of printer ink, too, but I think it lies… been printing with it for a month now since the lights have been blinking.
The List is divided into sections: Continue reading January 27, 2008 ~ 5th Floor