The weekend started with a phone call while on 285 just before traveling through spaghetti junction. On the phone was a friend of mine who I have known since before I married the pretty lady that shares this blog with me. It was a friend that I had always wanted to be closer with but us always living several states over coupled with many long hours for the both of us at work, it has never worked out that way. I actually was thinking about my mother and how brave she was to have cancelled her surgery at Duke University Hospital. A surgery where she was to receive a heart pump that would buy her some quality of life while she waited on a donated heart to complete a transfer. She told the doctor that she would rather wait on the heart transfer and only have to go through one surgery. Just as this was sinking in my friends call came through. He immediately asked, “How is your mom doing?”
I replied, “She is being a tough cookie.” I updated him on the latest information and he mentioned how he was pretty happy the current surgery was not still a go. I asked. “Why?” He then shocked me and told me, “Because I want you to be here when your mom has her surgery and my wife and I have decided that we would like to pay for your travel expenses as our gift to your family.”
I was driving and was glad I was because it was the only thing that stopped me from fainting.
Can you say……RIGHT ON TIME!! Taking off from work is one thing, but taking off and then having to pay for travel is another issue. I don’t think he realized how much this gesture meant to my family. My family was already forever connected to his before this gesture and regardless of the miles between us he felt a need and did not call to say, “Call me if you need anything.”
THEY JUST DID IT!