Keely is a Friend
Much to Jessica’s dismay, Keely was my friend first. Jess frequently tries to suggest otherwise. Keely also used to be a co-worker of mine when I was working in a hospital as a Registered Nurse. Keely is one of those people who is full of life, laughter, and personality, kind to everyone, and puts smiles on the faces of those around her.
While I was at work, more than once when I was on the phone with Jess, she overheard Keely talking in the background. Jess immediately perceived that Keely was a person she had to know more about. Keely swiftly agreed to talk to Jess and Jess pulled all of the details out of Keely that Jess wants to know about – do you have a dog, are you sick, have you had a cold, does your tummy hurt, how bad did it hurt, and did you cry about it?
The First Time They Met There Was No Going Back
The time I took Jess to the hospital to meet Keely, well, that was the day. It should go down in history. Jess asked Keely if her tummy was hurting. Keely played the game and said, “Yes.” Then, Jess said, “Keely, cry,” and not knowing the can of worms she was opening, Keely pretended to cry. Jess has been pretty much obsessed since that day.
Staying In Touch
After I stopped working at the hospital, Keely came to visit us at our house, and we also met for lunch a few times. But as life happens, we mostly lost touch with ‘the real Keely’. However, during one of the visits I got a picture of Keely and Jess together and I put it in a frame for Jess. Ever since then, that Keely, ‘the picture Keely’ has been in our lives full-time.
Most of the time since then, ‘the real Keely’ didn’t know the degree to which she was literally a part of our lives, every day. Every single day, ‘the picture Keely’ has been involved in decisions, moods, quiet time, bedtime, vacations, our tubing trips, our Walt Disney World trips, etc.
I’m not sure how far back but at some point, Granny started helping Jess text Keely, and occasionally call her. That has evolved to a regular schedule of texting once day a week, and sometimes talking on the phone once a week.
The Best Christmas Present Ever
For Christmas this year, the real Keely came to hang out with Jess for a while. They got lots of talking in, read lots of coloring books, sat in the kitchen at the table and had Christmas goodies, and Keely even rocked Jess in Jessica’s recliner while they rested. Jess was in absolute heaven.
Jess likes to frequently remind me that she has plans to retire to the mountains with Keely when Keely is old and decrepit and retires from work.
In the meantime, Jess has plans to spend the night with her during Spring Break.