We were sitting at the dining room table with friends when the phone rang. I got up to answer and was surprised to hear Dimples say, “Hi Mom!” She called to wish us Happy Easter. Like every Easter, she knew we had a gathering of friends in our home, and I think she missed being here. This is the first time we’ve had an unplanned call, and it was very sweet for everyone.
Dimples talked to me, asking who was here and what everyone was doing. Then she talked to Russ for several minutes, before wanting to talk to me again. She asked, “Where are you standing right now?” So I described where I was in the kitchen, and as I talked, Bee came in the room to ask a question. Dimples quickly asked, “Who is that? Who are you talking to?” I answered that it was Bee, and asked if she wanted to say hello. As soon as I did, I realized that a spontaneous conversation was not part of the plan, but it felt so strange to let the moment pass.
She definitely wanted to talk, so I asked her to get permission from her case manager. With permission granted – knowing we were flying by the seat of our pants – I gave Bee the phone and told her she could say hello and talk for a moment. She managed to chat for about two minutes before getting so choked up with tears that she handed the phone back to me.
Then it hit me, if Sunshine didn’t get to say hello, she was going to be crushed. I sent Bee running for Sunshine, who came racing up to the house with Happy (Sunshine and Dimples’ friend). Each girl said hello and chatted for a minute. Dimples’ voice was happy.
Warmed by success, I took the phone into the dining room and told everyone Dimples was on the phone and they all called out together, “Hi Dimples!” and my dear friend Doris added, “We miss you!”
It meant the world to me to be surrounded by friends who love Dimples like their own. My heart was full – with the unexpected call, a spontaneous moment for the sisters to connect, and for friends who have known us and loved us since we moved here 13 years ago. They’ve seen us through so much, and now they are with us on this journey of healing for our daughter.
Our good call was followed by a not-so-good one on our weekly Monday call. She refused to talk to us, only briefly answering questions. We may try again later this week.
I didn’t plan to take so many days off from blogging, but my days have been full. Easter was wonderful. Now I’m preparing to travel for the Embracing Orphans Retreat in Estes Park, CO. I’m speaking Friday night and giving a workshop on Saturday. I have lots to do before I go!
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