Sunday, October 24, 2010
That meant finding an instrument that he could play given his limited movement. The hammered dulcimer provided the perfect solution. I built him his first one, and while it worked, it was not very good. So, together we built a much more refined one, and he became quite good at it.
Then we rebuilt his house to make it more handicapped accessible. The original house had a cramped bathroom with a tub that was difficult to step into. In addition, the laundry room was in the basement. When working with the original house proved too difficult, we had the rear half of the old house completely demolished. Then we had that replaced by a much larger wing that held a modern kitchen with laundry, and a nice master bedroom with generous closet space. The old bedrooms were so small that we turned one into a master bath. As a bonus, the new addition had a bright basement that was more easily accessible, for it required just a few outside steps to go down.
This gave Stan room to practice what had become his primary hobby, model railroading.
As nice as the house was, something important was missing. Love and companionship. A long standing friendship soon became something more, and he married his loving and supportive wife, Linda. These were very good years.
Then last year Stan became ill on a trip with me to visit fellow model railroaders. In particular Wally, for whom I designed and built the table seen in my blog. We had no idea what was wrong, but Stan soon found out. A stage 4 malignant brain tumor. He was told he may have as little as 6 months to live. That was a year ago, and he is still alive thanks to some very good care, but the disease now has the upper hand. In a tragic irony, it is the exact same thing that killed our father in 1958. Stan was 2 and I was 6 months.
Stan lived to see my birthday, which was Oct 23. We had a great time together. It is his goal to see Christmas. Let's pray that he makes it!
Posted by Robert at 5:35 PM