Yesterday afternoon, a message popped up from an old friend from our pregnancy loss group (D). She & her family used to live in the same area where we had our house & ran the group, but a couple of years ago they moved out to the west coast (several thousand miles away).
D said "I have a favour to ask you, and I completely understand if you would rather not." She explained that her 90-year-old aunt lives in a small community just north of where we now live. D had arranged for her covid vaccine appointment. You MUST make your appointment online (at the moment, anyway) -- no phone calls, no walk-ins or in-person appointment requests taken at vaccination centres.
(The uptake for the 80+ group has been much lower than expected -- well, DUH....!! Many seniors are not computer or cellphone-literate, and not everyone has computer-savvy family or friends nearby to help out, right? I guess there are some community service groups that are making appointments for people who need assistance, but seriously? I mentioned this to D and she said, "My aunt was SO confused... broke my heart." :( )
Anyway, D asked if... we would consider printing off the confirmation form and other paperwork her aunt needs to bring to her appointment next week and drive it up to where she lives (about 20-30 minutes away, tops) and drop it off at her apartment.
I did ask dh before saying yes, just to be sure he was okay with it (since he'd be doing the driving!) and he said, "How can we NOT do it??" So I responded that of course we could do that, and it would be great to have an excuse to get out of the house for a while, lol. She was SO happy & grateful.
And then about half an hour later the phone rang -- it was a delivery person downstairs. Dh looked at me quizzically (like, "What did you order NOW?" lol) but I knew immediately that D must have sent us something as a thank you (because that's the kind of person she is) -- and sure enough, it was a florist with a beautiful bouquet, and a card from D attached. (D also brought dh & me flowers to our last meeting as support group facilitators, 11+ years ago, which I wrote about here!)
|A lovely bouquet from our friend.|