When someone lets you know that they are thinking of you it's a good day. Over the past few weeks a lot of folks have let us know that they are thinking of us. Scott has received so many calls and cards. The emails are abundant. Facebook has been a terrific way to communicate. Sometimes I have mixed feelings about social media. But over the past few weeks, I have appreciated it more than ever. When I am exhausted and need to reach many who care, a post on Facebook can be wonderful. Within minutes people are replying and my heart is full.
I could see Scott's face light up when I brought him mail in the hospital. One day I delivered a card that came from the Appleton Police Department. The card was signed by at least twenty-five or more people. He read each message with such anticipation. His heart was swelling with all of their thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement. He came upon a name he didn't recognize. Scott commented that how kind it was that a new officer, a person he hadn't even worked with, had taken the time to sign his card. Oh really? I replied. What is the officer's name. It looks like his name is Cha Lee. I got up from my chair to have a little look see. As I read the card, a giggle started out small. Then it turned in to a downright hoot and holler kind of laugh. I couldn't even talk. What? Scott asked. Seriously. I was laughing so hard I was crying. I said this new officer, Cha Lee, is someone you worked with for eleven years. It's Charlie! I grabbed a pillow and told Scott to hold on tight, considering his surgery was abdominal. He grabbed the pillow and applied pressure to his belly just in time. We laughed so hard we attracted the attention of some nurses passing by. They stopped. Everthing ok? We replied more than ok. Funny as all get out.
Of course we need to share this story with Charlie some day. We have gotten lots of mileage out of reliving this story. It just goes to show you that laughter is the best medicine.