On Tuesday, while staying at the hospital with my Mother, I headed to the cafeteria for some lunch. As I was walking near the entrance, a big handsome man was coming out. When our eyes met, his eyes lit up and so did mine. I gave him a huge hug and we began to talk quickly.
I told him I was there with Mom and he ask where she was and that he would come by and see her. I told him I had my brain surgery there at the LOLO (Our Lady Of The Lake Hospital in 2009. He then informed me that he was the head of Neurology and Orthopedic Surgery at the hospital. I told him that my stay with them was a very pleasant experience. I could tell he was in a hurry, so I let him go and went to get my lunch.
When I got back to Mom’s room, Pete was already there. We talked bout our kids and how different they all are.I shared my most memorable moments with him as a child. His sister Lajuanda was my very best friend, so I too was like a little sister to him. That was about many many years ago.I told him that I remembered that he was the one who taught me how to tell time on a watch. He was very patient with me as I learned. These time lessons were usually held during our ride to church on Sunday, since I spent a lot of time with Lajuanda.
I reminded him of my second most memorable with him was the 16th birthday whipping he gave me. I told him that he hit me so hard on ” my one to grow on hit” so hard that it took my feet off the ground an into the air. It was a good thing he was holding on to me by one arm, or I don’t know where I would have landed. What great memories!
He just laughed, not remembering either of my memories.He said “so I have a living legacy with you. Yes, you do!
I am writing this to let you know, that no matter how old you have become, it is always a joy to see a childhood friend to lift the spirits. It was our first day at the hospital and we needed the ray of sunshine that Pete brought.
Thank you, my dear friend, Pete, for the part you played in making a little girl feel like a part of your family.