|Bob and Jim's new home|
Yesterday our longtime friends Bob and Jim moved into an assisted living facility.
|Brandywine Assisted Living Rehoboth Beach, DE|
We also celebrated Bob's birthday (which is actually today).
|The"Birthday Boy" at the private dining room luncheon yesterday at Brandywine|
So what did I think of this new home for my friends? I was quite impressed. Really, I was very impressed.
|The lobby of Brandywine Assisted Living|
I'm 71 years old. Bill is 84 years old. We're both in relatively good health but what would happen to Bill if I was no longer around? He has no family. What would happen to me ten or fifteen years down the road and I am by myself and not able to take care of myself any longer?
My friend Bob is fortunate in that he has two nephews (and their wives) who are taking care of their beloved uncle. I have a nephew and several nieces. I have many more grand nephews and grand nieces. Nice as they are I cannot see them taking care of Uncle Ronnie in his Closing Chapter. In fact, I wouldn't want to put that burden on them.
|Group Shot of my friends, his relatives and me (smiling in the center) at Brandywine yesterday|
I think the biggest plus that I took from this assisted living facility, which is called Brandywine Assisted Living, was that my friends would no longer be alone and isolated. That is perhaps my biggest fear as I get older, next to the fear of a long and painful illness where I am dependent on others. Loneliness, that is my fear.
My friends won't be lonely in their new home. And that made me feel good. Not only for my friends but that I now know that I have another option if and when I grow old and find myself alone in the world.
|Bob, Jim and me - 1980|
More about Brandywine in a subsequent posting but for now we're going to get ready to visit our friends Bob and Jim in their new home, and also take Bob a birthday card because today is his 76th birthday. Happy Birthday Bob!
|Bob (center) and me (right) at an earlier birthday party I threw for him in 1982 when we worked in Philadelphia, PA|