An incredible day. I am sure Nancy and Colleen will blog their takes on it when they get done vacationing - LOL. But right now I wish I was on the patio with them at the hotel - guys either asleep or watching a game and enjoying a drink and some chat.
This gathering took a lot of planning and we have Nancy to thank for that. I am sure she and Colleen did not need a side trip to Connecticut in the middle of their cruise, but I am so thankful that they thought of Bruce and I and were willing to set aside a day to meet up with us.
I can't tell you the last time I met and enjoyed time with six nicer people. Nancy's daughter, Beth and her boyfriend, Blaine. Teenagers like these two are very rare. Nancy, she is just beautiful and there is a lot of Dan in her. Like you, I hope he values that.
Now, Foxwoods is the largest casino in the world and it is daunting if you don't know how to get around it. Bruce and I could not come over from their motel with Bruce on the scooter, so I had them meet up with us in a small section that Bruce and I know well. By the way, they got great comps. Colleen mentioned that the trip from the boat to Foxwoods was much longer than to Mohegan. These casinos are seven miles apart, so shuttle company must have taken the longer route - stupid.
All three of these guys understand exactly what you are saying. Word finding is the issue. The pointing, gesturing is so common. Lots of reverse hand-shaking, many nods as to understanding. But they seemed comfortable. Nancy and Colleen will be blogging at some point. It will be interesting to see their take.
What I loved more than anything was the trust. I know Dan, Ray and Bruce have heard Nancy, Colleen and Debbie often over the years. But they do not know us. We girls speak Stroke. Doesn't matter the areas affected. Dan and Ray were comfortable getting their needs across to me. No, it is not Bruce-speak, but the manner of communication, how to get there, is now normal for Colleen, Nancy and I. I transferred both Dan and Ray, Bruce went off with Nancy and Colleen - no questions asked, no side-long glances. They were just comfortable. And that is amazing for three families who have never met each other.
Bruce was on his scooter for the first time. Did great in the casino, but ran Kamakazee through the Buffet. It is funny now to envision Colleen, running after him picking up tables and chairs in his wake. At the time, I was a mess. I wanted Bruce to back into the table to turn him around as was suggested, but he ended up crashing into another table. When I asked the gentleman if he was OK, could I replace his dessert, he just said "I think you should just shut up and let the man do the driving." LOL
I admit I am a control freak. I do not like my peeps scattered. Nancy took Bruce and Dan to an area while I tried to orient Beth and Blaine (they can not be in a gambling area). In the meantime I lose Ray and Colleen. Colleen explained later that this was their norm, but again this resort can be confusing.
We did all meet up for late lunch at the Buffet. Bruce and Ray were not pleased that they could not tour the choices. But Bruce had done enough damage and even managed to upturn our table, dirty plates and all, when we left. Colleen, Ray and Bruce took the most damage. Beth and Blaine, bless them, picked up most of the mess.
Ray decides he should play his free play. We get him set up, then Bruce to a Roulette table nearby. Young kid next to Bruce is helping him, so I go off to find poor Ray, his comp card not working in his machine and Colleen is at a machine that is hitting. LOL and she can't leave it.
So much fun and so many positives. Bruce tanked about 15 minutes later and it was time for us to go. An hour drive home and work here. Next time we will stay overnight with everyone. Get Bruce some reading material, into bed and then some quality girl time.
This is an incredible amount of work. I will blog our part later. Plus tips to making it easier, with Colleen and Nancy's input. But it was incredible to be with people who understood, had your back and very little stroke talk. Debbie