|"Look I have eyebrows"|
The store was very nice. It has high quality used furniture, they either handle on consignment or from Estates. They had a gorgeous red leather sofa and matching chairs and ottoman. It turns out the set was hand made in New Mexico by a Native American. You can see all the details, the fringe, the craftsmanship. There was only two problems. One was the $1,200 + price tag on just the sofa alone, the other the size... huge and that won't work in our small living room. The owner of the store showed me the original receipt for the items, $24, 000 Thank you very much!!! While there, the boys went in to a hobby shop next store. When I went to retrieve them, they had several model car kits in their hands. My favorite phrase is "do you have the money for those?" They look at me and with pouts on their faces, put the kits back. I don't mind spoiling them every now and then, but it is good to occasionally say no.
Knowing that I really wanted to visit with Mom, Zack mentioned us going to Hendersonville. They both said they were fine with it, so we called Mom and told her we were on our way to pick her up for lunch and a bit of shopping. Being in a distracted state of mind, I told Mom we would be there in approximately 45 minutes, well.... we stopped at one more store on the way and an hour and a half later, we showed up. Poor Mom was starving, so we quickly picked her up and headed out to lunch. Donald and Zack continued to entertain. I could tell, though Mom could not really understand everything due to her lack of hearing, she enjoyed watching Zack laughing so much. After lunch, we went for a few groceries, stopped at a couple of other shops and brought Mom back home. Donald was being so funny, as we were leaving Moms driveway, he looked at my brother Bob and said "I love you" in a funny voice. My brother, who is quite witty himself, didn't say a word. Donald rolls down his window and says "say it back", Bob is trying to keep his composure and smiling responds with "I thought that goes without saying". Now, keep in mind this is only the second time that my brother has met Donald.
When we return to Brevard, Donald asks if we can go by his house. He wants to pick up a couple of things and wants me to meet his mother. Nancy is a petite woman, who barely weighs 90 lbs. She has survived Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, breast cancer and now has severe diabetes and cancer in her spine. She apologized for "farming" her son out to us, but said she is so worried about everything he has gone through with the passing of his grandmother and now her health issues. She wants him to know that it is very serious, but doesn't want him to have to witness it on a daily basis. She seems to be very sweet and you can tell by the way Donald looks at her, that he loves his mother very much. As we try and find a healthy balance between caring for Zack and supporting his friend, it helps to remember that there are still others out there in more pain than us, with a harder road to travel and anything we can do to help, is our duty.