I was riding the elevator this morning at Crittendon Hospital in Rochester, Michigan.
What was I doing there, you ask?
My daughter, who’d come to the Intensive Care Unit with us, wanted to get a drink. I could have used a strong one….but it was only a coffee shop and I wasn’t about to be the drunk guy at the hospital….
Autumn and I were sharing stories about my father-in-law, “Papa Dave,” as we have all week. He’s one my best friends. Last Saturday he fell while walking the dog and suffered a closed head injury. As I write this from the family waiting room, he’s expected to pass away any moment.
While we were talking, remembering, and thinking about Papa Dave’s last moments here, the elevator door opened to let more people onboard. A grandmother and three freckled kids, all between the ages of four and eight, piled into the elevator. One held flowers and another clutched a brand new teddy bear. They looked pensive and it appeared they’d been instructed to be on their best behavior.
I sickened. I’m sure Autumn had the same thought as me: they’re here to see a loved one die, too.
Autumn wiped away a tear and smiled. The grandmother couldn’t keep it in any longer. She spoke quickly.
“We’re getting a new baby brother this morning!” she beamed, nodding toward the girls.
The oldest one blushed.
I asked if they were excited. Each nodded.
When the elevator door opened, they piled out, rushing to see the new member of their family arrive while ours leaves.
There’s irony all around me today.
So, because I need a laugh, I’m going to provide one. Here’s one of my favorites….again, not suitable for little Jimmy or Julie, unless you want to show them what really goes on with Elmo Behind the Scenes.
Go hug somebody today.
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