The Giffin Family, Rutland, Vermont
October 5, 2002 - October 27, 2002
Rufus arrived in Vermont to visit Jonathan, who is now 7 and in the second grade, too. Jonathan was diagnosed with diabetes six years ago when he was 20 months old. We live in a town that was the site of an old fort during the Revolutionary War. The first weekend that Rufus was here, he "walked" with Jonathan's older brother, Justin, and sister, Rachel, in the Vermont ADA Walk-a-thon. He actually rode the 5 miles with Sarah, a very good friend of Jonathan's, in her wagon. Sarah is now 3 and has diabetes, too.
He was able to go the diabetes clinic here on their pediatric clinic day and met many, many more kids with diabetes from the area, who were all thrilled to meet him.
When he got here the leaves were all green and it was warm, but something happened very quickly, the leaves on the trees started turning different colors. Rufus was a big help taking the last of the veggies out of the garden and helped bring in the pumpkin that we will carve for Halloween later.
He went to school with Jonathan and was Jonathan's special show and tell, too, along with one of the books that Rufus starred in that Jonathan had - "Rufus Comes Home".
The kids played in the leaves that had fallen from the trees and everyone picked up their favorite leaf for Rufus to keep.
Jonathan's sister had her birthday on the 13th and his dad on the 26th. It is a good thing that Rufus had his pump with all that cake! It is getting cold now and the little bear needs to be in a warmer climate soon. It snowed on the 24th and the near-by ski areas are open for the winter now. I am sure that Rufus would rather go trick-or-treating without a winter parka on over his costume.
As a good-bye, we all went on a picnic today. It was a cool day - about 45 degrees. We packed a lunch, including hot chocolate, and went to a very special bird refuge in Addison, Vermont. It is a place were tens of thousands of snow geese stop on their way south for the winter. It was a beautiful ride and once while we were there, every one of the geese rose up from the field, flew over head and then settled back down very close to where we had parked. It was unbelievable and very exciting.
Well, Rufus, it has been really great having you with us. Time has just gotten away from us. I guess the trip to Ben and Jerry's ice cream headquarters and to the covered bridges will have to wait until you are in Vermont again. Have a safe trip and see you on the web!
Stay warm with Sarah in Florida.
The Giffins - Barb, Tom, Justin, Rachel and Jonathan
Rachel and Rufus watching the snow geese coming in
Jonathan and Rufus watching the snow geese coming in
Jonathan and Rufus watching the snow geese on the ground
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.
Last Updated: Saturday December 21, 2002 16:01:12
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