June 3 –6, 2011
- Updated June 20, 2011
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By LEWIS NOLAN
June 5, 2011 –Sunday –
Excursion to park built in honor of children with handicaps at
I slept in until 8:30 a.m. in the comfortable guest room at
Casey and Caroline’s home in
Doing double duty, Betty toiled in the front yard planting
more flowers at her son-and-daughter-in-law’s nice, two-story home in an older
I arose for the second time just before noon to check my email on a mini-Dell laptop computer brought from home that connected to the Wi-Fi Internet signal at the Nolan’s home. Meanwhile, Casey ordered some takeout sandwiches from a nearby shop, Lost Dog Café, while Caroline fed lunch to the twin boys.
A while later, Betty and I split a big club sandwich as well as tasty, freshly sliced pastrami sandwich made on large rolls of soft French bread rolls made at the Lost Dog Café. I also enjoyed a rare slice of barbeque-beef pizza cadged from Caroline’s lunch. It was a delightful mid-day meal for everybody.
Fighting off a somewhat seasonal sinus infection, Casey napped for a while. Caroline and Betty drove to a nearby grocery store with a handful of cents-off coupons to purchase some baby formula for the boys.
Our family outing for this day was a visit to park built in
honor of handicapped children at nearby
It was a wonderful monument to the generosity and
thoughtfulness of an old family in the area. I had visited McLean fairly often
back in the late 1960s when stationed at the nearby U.S. Marine Corps base at
The swings, see-saws and even antique carousel are specially
built to insure that youngsters with disabilities can use and enjoy the
equipment without parental fear of injury. Casey estimated the several acres of
land the park is built on is worth $5 million or more. I found it to be a
wonderful package, making me wish that the late Abe Plough, a wonderful
benefactor who built the company that employed me for over a decade, had seen
the park so perhaps it could have been used as a model for a similar park in
We returned to the Nolan home, where I took another nap. Casey also napped to ease the discomfort of his sinus infection.
After shopping at a grocery store, Betty and Caroline
jointly prepared a magnificent dinner of blackened Tilapia fish, salad and
fresh broccoli, served with a nice-tasting Columbia Crest Chardonnay wine from
Feeling a little better after his nap and good dinner, Casey
printed the boarding passes for the next day’s Delta flight Betty and I were
taking to get us home to