|Yay! We had a coupon for DON's!|
It's off to Don's we go; it's off to Don's we go; to get some food delicious food--it's off to Don's we go!!!|
Yes we had another coupon so off we went. We arrived there right around 4:30 or so and there were already quite a few folks seated at tables. We didn't have to wait though so that was good. Our waitress was right with us got us our drinks and returned shortly afterwards to take our orders.
Randi went with the stuffed crabs this time three of them; surely we thought she'd have one to bring home. Nah! She must have been hungry 'cuz those three stuffed crabs were in her stomach before we left. She had fries as part of that order. Sid ordered the shrimp/okra gumbo and he ate all of that as well. He gave me a little taste which I though was OK; there were plenty shrimp in the serving though and lots of okra as well. Guess what I got--yep! The grilled tilapia was my choice again but I got steamed veggies instead of the stuffed baked potato which usually comes with that meal. I also had a salad. Since they were having a special of their shrimp/corn soup we got a cup to share. That was OK but it's not one of the best in that department. Of course there were the hush puppies--delicious as usual.
We had a different waitress from usual today and she was excellent. Randi had finished her drink and before we could ask for a refill there she was with glass in hand. She also brought another as a "take home" drink and had one for me too. She was not the overly-talkative type but she was very nice and did chat with us a little.
Joey and Beau will be coming home for Mardi Gras and I got my weekly e-mail from him today giving us their tentative plans. BOTH guys will be spending time in New Orleans and BOTH will spend time with their families. Joey will be here at the Cottage for two nights and three days IF the plans stay the same; he'll also spend one day in New Orleans with his sisters and I know they're looking forward to that. All the logistics have to be figured out but I'm sure we'll be able to accommodate everyone's plans. Joey also wants to be sure to see Beau's family while they're here so we'll have to work something out in that regard as well and that shouldn't be too difficult to do.
My cousin Reid called today to give us some info regarding motels in the area where he lives. We're planning a quick trip to Alabama to visit with him his family and his Mom my Aunt Nin who is in a nursing home there. She has Alzheimer's and surely will not recognize us; however WE will recognize her and I can't wait to see her.
My Mom was one of four girls in her family; one my Nanny passed away last February; one is very sick physically; Aunt Nin has Alzheimer's; Mom is doing pretty well especially considering that she is the oldest of the four. In Dad's family the only one left is my Aunt Greta the one we visited in Alexandria a couple of weeks ago. She is doing OK too except for back problems. So you see I have only three aunts left from both my Mom and my Dad's siblings and I want to make sure I get to see them before it's too late.
Sandie wrote today to let us know that Ben did not pass his test nor did nine other guys. Ben is really still sick from his pneumonia he had while he was visiting and he is experiencing extreme shortness of breath even these days. I'm not sure why but the leadership there surely doesn't try to encourage these young men and women (at least from what I'm hearing). To call them "failures" or "useless" can only make them feel worse than they already do. I just do not see the value in this type of technique; perhaps I am wrong but I know that encouraging my students to do well had a much more positive effect than criticizing them. I don't know why the same wouldn't be true for this young men/women. Of course you don't praise them for failing but give them encouragement to try again--and try again they must--and perhaps that will give them just enough incentive to do better next time. We wish Ben and his fellow army trainees all the best as they continue to work to pass this test.
Please say a prayer for a special friend of mine who is undergoing a biopsy soon. Her faith always holds her in good stead and she has come to my aid in this area several times. I pray that God listens to our prayers and brings her safely through this trying time.
Have a good evening and a terrific weekend!
QUOTE: "People will not bear it when advice is violently given even if it is well founded. Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew but shut up in the violent downpour of rain." --John Paul Richter
NOTE: Isn't it amazing how we always get just the right quote when we need it? I think of Ben and his fellow recruits and know that they will do well because those who love them are sending a "softly falling dew" to counteract the "violent downpour of rain" with which they are being assailed. They will survive because they are strong and are NOT failures or useless human beings--they are young; they are learning; they are growing. As the commercial says: "They want to become ARMY STRONG" and will in spite of the words thrown at them.