Saturday, October 07, 2006

Especially For Crystal Evans (Mack's oldest sister)

For Crystal (sorry David, I had to do it.)

I believe this was taken in 1975 or 1976, in front of my mother-in-law, Hazel Farmer's house on 5th Street in Hopewell. Larry, Sue, David and Jeff came down from Chicago on vacation to visit Hazel and the rest of the family living down here - Joe, Ray & Betty, Paul and me and of course, our kids too. That was the first time I met them. It was about then, that Larry and Sue decided they wanted to move down here, so Ray got Larry to put in an application at ICI, Americas - which is now DuPont in Chester. Larry was hired and they moved down here in May of 1976. Larry retired from ICI/Dupont in May, 2006 after 30 years with them.

David Farmer and Crystal are getting married on Sunday, December 10th, and I wanted to share just a little bit of David's family history with her, along with a picture of David when he was about 5 years old.

Larry and Sue at their home in Chester, around 1983. Notice the pictures of David and Jeff in the background on the curio shelves.

(click on the pictures to enlarge)

The doctor is giving Mack a new medication which helps him remain less agitated. We noticed a remarkable difference in him last night when we visited him after his first dose. When we released the restraints, he wasn't determined to pull on the trach and other tubes as he was before, although he still made some attempts. You just have to firmly tell him no or stop if he puts his hand up there, and he usually stops pulling. When I held the red heart squishy in front of him and told him to reach for it if he wanted it, he made a couple of attempts at it before he finally succeeded. I couldn't get him to do it again - just that one time.

We appreciate all the concerns, uplifting thoughts, and prayers still coming from everyone. Uncle Kenneth (Lackey), thank you so much for the letter we received from you recently. We send you our love and condolences on the loss of your grandson, Adam, last March. I wish our son and your grandson would have realized how precious life is and not taken some of the chances that they did, thinking they could get away with it. I guess their attitude was that stuff like that usually happens to others, but it won't happen to them. Unfortunately, those of us left behind have to deal with our grief, and the painful end results, one a day at a time. I wish we could wave a magic wand and make all this bad stuff go away - but, we can't.

Wishing everyone love and peace,
Ruth & Richard


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for making me feel such a part of the whole family. Mack is very lucky to have you, Richard and Belinda in his corner. I hope to see you all (yes, you too Belinda) at the wedding.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Jason & Kristen said...

Hey Ruth, Richard, and Belinda...Jason and I are coming home this weekend to see Richard. We will call when we get in town. See y'all then!

10:14 PM  

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