Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Resident of the Month blurb

Here's Dad's blurb for the Resident of the Month from the March nursing home newsletter:

Roy M. Chosen Resident of the Month For March

Roy has been a resident here for about one year and has made many friends during his stay. Born in Tulsa, Roy graduated high school there. He married his high school sweetheart 37 years ago. They have 2 children, daughters, and 3 grandchildren, 2 boys and 1 girl. He owned his own carpet and tile business (his wife owned a wallpaper and drapery store) for 22 years before retiring. Roy is an avid collector of pens and has about 3,000 so far, all colors, shapes, and sizes. He began his hobby about 5 years ago, collecting unusual pens from his travels. So, if you happen to be out and about, and see a logo pen, or one that's funny or different, you know what ot do with it, and you'll enjoy a conversation with an interesting fellow to boot.

Now, from reading this, you can see that Dad and his selective memory gave out this information. Some corrections:
Married his high school sweetheart 37 years ago - while they went to the same school, Mom and Dad did not start dating until after graduation. They got married in 1969, so it will be 37 years in November, but not quite yet.
His travels entailed harassing every single person that ever came to the house to give him their pens. Now, he visits the nurses station, the front desk, and the administrator of the nursing home for his pen fix. Any time we take him out of the nursing home - dinner or whatever, he asks for a pen at wherever we stop.

The 3,000 pens I do believe. He's got stacks and piles of them everywhere. I need to find him a big box to put them in.

I really wanted to get him some pens made with his name on them for Christmas, but the cheapest I could get them for was $250.00, and those weren't very cool pens. I just couldn't justify the expense.

They told him that he got a plaque too, but that it would take a little while to get ready. This was in the middle of February. So, they finally gave it to him last Friday - know what it was? A printed piece of paper that says Roy M., Resident of the Month, and is in a frame. Which is nice enough, but I'm going it took two weeks to prepare that? I didn't have my camera when I saw it, so I'll get a picture of it tonight to post on here.

But, if everyone who comes to visit (which has been VERY FEW of you guys - hint hint), were to bring a pen for him, he would love it.


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