Your three words, my little story Dr. Grover’s words: jellybean, horse & bread

Your three words, my little story

Dr. Grover’s words: jellybean, horse & bread

 

Young Carlita reminded Doctor Grover of herself when she was her age: way before Grover dreamed of becoming a doctor and certainly before she joined forces with ‘Doctors Without Boarders’. Carlita has a condition similar to one the doc endured as a pre-teen, but in this case the dreadful condition doesn’t give Carlita much hope for a future. She will never be a teenager, have the precious first kiss, graduate high school or raise her own family. She’s never been further than three miles of her place of birth, and the few times she went that far was to attend funerals; she’s nine years old and will not see her next birthday. At this point all the doctor can do is comfort the patient in her final days.

 

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Grover comes from a well to do family and feels blessed with the breaks that come along with that gift. She tears up every time she thinks of the differences that time and dollars can make. Carlita will never have the same opportunities that she had and that’s why she’s here in the first place, sharing her skills and some measure of civility that she feels is fundamentally necessary.

 

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Every time Grover see’s Carlita they play the jellybean game. They start with six jellybeans and one of them is always liquorish. When Carlita answers a medical question she can take one bean; this game takes Carlita’s mind off of her illness, at least for a short period. Carlita has to leave the last one for the doctor and she knows that Grover doesn’t like the black ones but neither does she. She never leaves the black one for Grover. Like most families in the region Carlita comes from a poor home, and Grover’s office gives all visiting families a bag of groceries. Each bag includes an assortment of non-perishable foods; including, but not exclusive to spam, potted meat, peanut butter, jelly, and several loaves of bread. She wishes she could give more, but there are so many families and such a modest stockpile of provisions.

 

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Carlita was near her end, so Doctor Grover wanted to do something special for her and unlike other times, this time she was able to make a dream come true. Even though Carlita was afraid of animals larger than her, she always wanted to ride a horse. One of the clinic’s families raised farm animals and they proudly brought two horses to the treatment center and helped Carlita with her wish. Grover grew up with horses, so she was able to teach Carlita how to sit in the saddle and steer the horse for the short trip around the building. It was a small gesture, but heartfelt none the less.

Part 1 of 5: This week in photos

Part 1 of 5: This week in photos

 

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A few years ago I moved off my houseboat and was lucky enough to end up near a bend at the beginning of Port Tobacco River. I’ve taken thousands of photos in the year and a half that I’ve been here, but in the last week I’ve taken some really nice ones. Until a bundle of money lands on my head, I’m stuck with my two standard Nikon lens, so please excuse the clarity of some of these photos.

 

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This is part one of a five part series of this past week’s photos. Starting with Bobby the deer and a few of the Osprey (Steve, Mary & baby Adam) that live about fifty feet from me. Needless to say I’m not sure of the sex of some of my friends, so please help me in that area if you can/want.

The Last Leg of my PA Trip.

The last leg of my PA trip was a stop in Historical Harpers Ferry, WV. I talked to Jeff at the Appalachian Trial Conservatory and he gave me directions to Jefferson Rock, Lower Harpers Ferry and more, then I chose where I was going to hike according to the amount of steps I would need to take.

I decided to visit Jefferson Rock for the view. The rock is on the Appalachian Trail and it was pretty neat, but the view was over grown by the trees. After that I drove down to another part of the trail in Lower Harpers Ferry to visit a walking bridge that goes across the Shenandoah River at The Point. The Point is where The Potomac River comes in from the right of my photos and meet The Shenandoah River on the left. They continue south as The Potomac River to DC.

I enjoyed a great Meatsa Pizza from Sweet Alisha’s Pizza & more, while visiting with the owner Jimmy. I also had the privilege of chatting with Police Officer Adam and getting a lot of valuable information about the town.

Photos 1, 2, 3 & 4 are of The Jefferson Rock area. You can see me trying to keep part of the rock from falling in photo 1. Photo 3 is a grave that got lost from the grave yard that is outside the left of the photo. The graveyard could have been full or maybe the deceased wasn’t allowed to join the rest of the town folk who knows. ☺️

 

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Photos 5, 6, 7 & 8 is the lower township of Harpers Ferry. The walking bridge is part of the Appalachian Trail and it continues north through the mountain, you can see the tunnel in photo 5, You might be able to make out the Osprey nest at the top right of the bridge in photo 8.

 

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My trip back from Pennsylvania

Here are some photos from several different places on my way back from PA.

The first one is from an over look at Mount Summit on route 40, the view is of Uniontown, PA and the surrounding area.

 

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The second one is Sideling Hill, on I 68 in PA, then as I was walking back down from the walking bridge I took the one of the mountains to the south of Sideling Hill Bridge.

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Photos 3, 4, 5 & 6 are at Ohio Pyle Falls, PA. I was expecting a waterfall and there was one somewhere near by, but I was too exhausted to find it. This was still a gorgeous setting though.

 

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The last two are in the same area of Ohio Pyle Falls, but it’s called the Water Slides on Meadow Run.

 

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More photos to come of the Harper Ferry area.

My Short Trip to PA

I’m thirty miles south of Pittsbugh, PA for my great neice’s graduation from Brownsville High School. I’m staying at my son Billy’s house and it sure is good to see and hug him. He looks and feels so healthy. I’m so proud of him and his family.

On the way up, I stopped at Lakeside Marine on Route 68 and took a good number of pictures, here’s one.

 

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I saw a bridge in Brownsville from a distance, it’s called Speers Railroad Bridge. It took me an hour to get close to it and when I did I took a hundred photos and here are just a few.

 

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There will be more photos in the next few days.