Stuart, my therapy dog, and I were out doing our normal things. On Tuesdays we visit one of two nursing homes and rehab facilities. We always alternate between the places, and I keep a calendar to ensure that we are at the right place on the proper day.
But because of some scheduling problems, I got confused and went to the same nursing home two weeks in a row. We will get back on track ... I hope.
A few days before that my friend Amy Storms told me that her daughters, Abby and Chelsea, were working part time at the Lowe’s on Emerson Avenue, which is where Amy works. Bill Bane had told me that Amy was going to get married during the first week of May.
Since Stuart and I were returning from a reading session at Hornet Park Elementary, we decided to stop by Lowe’s and see Amy.
As we were walking through the building, Chelsea stepped out into the aisle and waved at us. We started chatting, and a couple of the questions that I asked her got answers that I wasn’t expecting. I was a bit puzzled.
Chelsea was working a register and needed to get back to help some customers. Another cashier told me that I could find Amy at the front desk.
As Stuart and I started walking through the store again, Chelsea stepped toward us again. But it wasn’t her. I was shocked to see that it was Rachele Tryon. She was one of my former bus riders when she attended South Grove Intermediate. She and her sister, Myranda, rode with me.
I tried explaining why I had a stupid look on my face. I told Rachele that I had confused her with Chelsea. I said I had been told that Chelsea and Abby worked at the store and Chelsea is who I had been expecting to see. I had no clue Rachele worked there.
She looked at me and asked if I had not known that I had been talking to her earlier. I nodded my head in agreement. She then placed an arm around me and muttered that I was really getting old. I think Stuart was about to agree with her.
We talked for a couple of more minutes before she headed back to her work station.
Stuart and I walked to the front desk area and spotted Amy, who confirmed her upcoming wedding. She introduced us to her friend and co-worker Linda. If I were asked to describe Linda, I probably would have to say she is a “hot mess.” Stuart and I enjoyed meeting Linda.
We talked about a couple of things before I told Amy that I had confused Rachele with Chelsea.
I was getting better at explaining this now. I told her how there are two pairs of sisters and the fact that Chelsea helped me on Bus No. 5 and the Tryon sisters rode Bus No. 5 had me a bit confused. Plus I had no clue Rachele worked at Lowe’s.
I think Rachele, Myranda, Chelsea and Abby need to take me to lunch and help me get unconfused. Stuart agrees.