The Morris Family, Nashua, New Hampshire
Friday, 25 May 2001
Rufus arrives at our home via Airborne express thanks to the Winer Family (Westboro, MA) at approximately 11:00 a.m. Mom is busy faxing Steph's endocrinologists with her weekly blood sugars, etc. Mom stops what she's doing, picks Kevin up early from preschool and heads up to Steph's school with the box that has Rufus in it! Steph is thrilled Rufus has arrived and her classmates thought Rufus was "way cool" especially when they heard about his upcoming journeys!
Saturday, 26 May 2001
Memorial Day weekend. We decide on the spur of the moment to celebrate Rufus' visit with us by having a few families together from our local support group for a cookout. We call everyone in the morning and set things up and then get busy for the cookout. Rufus hangs out with Steph helping mom and dad get things ready! At 3:00 p.m. everyone starts arriving and meeting Rufus. Rufus was very busy riding on Kevin's new battery operated ATV in the backyard! Later Steph slept with both Rufus and her own Ruby together as she did nightly while Rufus was here with us!
Sunday, 27 May 2001
Rainy day here - not much going on! Rufus and all of us just hung out and recuperated from our busy afternoon and evening last night!
Monday 28 May 2001
Memorial Day. Steph and Kevin went with Dad to the Memorial Day parade here in Nashua. This is the first year Steph hasn't marched in three years since she's no longer a girl scout. Oops! They forgot to bring Rufus to the parade. He stayed home and helped mom straighten out the house, do laundry and read her CWD emails!
Later on, Auntie Kathy and Auntie Becki came to visit unexpectedly and met Rufus for the first time. They thought the press release for him was neat and were surprised like mom that we didn't get any media coverage even though mom sent it out to seven different news organizations!
Tuesday 29 May 2001
Today was back to school for Steph. Rufus went to school with her again and played with all her friends. At 3:00 p.m. mom picked them both up from school and headed to Steph's violin lesson. Rufus watched diligently while Steph played the violin for him! Beth (violin teacher) was happy to meet him!
Then it was time to come home, do homework, play a little, eat dinner while Rufus and Ruby sat at the head of the table as they did for every meal we ate!
Wednesday 30 May 2001
Steph has a little trouble falling asleep last night. She was upset about Rufus leaving here! Brad and I both spoke with her about how neat it is that all these kids get to share Rufus and take turns loving him! Mom's sitting here crying again, thinking of all the lives these six Rufus and one Ruby will have touched when this is all over! I thank all of you for being able to share Rufus with you; as well as sharing our daily lives living with this disease with all of you! Rita, thanks for such a great idea! Have a safe and happy journey Rufus - we'll be reading your travels and keeping tabs on you!
The Morris Family
Anne, Brad, Steph and Kevin
Rufus and Ruby, the bears with diabetes, is the creation of Carol Cramer, who owns the copyright to Rufus and Ruby. The graphics of Rufus are from Rufus Come Home, written by Kim Gosselin and illustrated by Terry Ravenelli, and are used by permission of the author.
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