It was an early celebration for Thanksgiving at Maplewood Wednesday evening. They put on a wonderful dinner for the residents and their families. My daughter, Liz and I joined Frankie for a delightful meal.
When we arrived, the director asked who we were with and when we told her Frankie G, she said, oh I’m sorry, I took him home!! We both looked quizzically at her and she started to laugh! “Oh my goodness, he is so cute and sweet, that I would take him home in a heartbeat!” But he is waiting for you to have your dinner in the potting room. They had beautiful tables set up throughout the building. So off we went to Frankie’s room. But, alas, there is no Frankie in the room!! So off we went to find him. There he was in one of the common tv areas fast asleep in a chair! We gently woke him up and surprised him, but he just smiled at us and had no clue what was going on! After a short while, we got him up and went to our reserved table to enjoy dinner. It really is the little things that make you smile! As we waited at the table, he repeatedly folded and refolded his napkin, and he did it expertly! When dinner came, I cut up his turkey and he began to eat. Sometimes with his fork, sometimes with his spoon and sometimes with both!! Toward the end of his meal, he stabbed the roll with his fork and then didn’t know what to do with it! He would lift it and then put it back down on his plate over and over. We finally broke it up for him and he ate a few pieces. We take for granted the simplest things that he can no longer do! There was a woman strolling through the building playing the violin and the music was beautiful! Frankie was oblivious to her even being there, but hopefully he still enjoyed the music.
We took him back to his room and along the way, we stopped to say hi to some of his friends. He smiled and smiled! Back in his room, he was yawning repeatedly, so he laid down and we said our goodbyes! He said ok and we left with a very nice feeling about the visit❤️