Sammy started his Shabbat morning with me bringing all the siblings up to keep him & Ima company. He took everyone for laps including Zayde (Bubbe said she would keep an eye on the room, just in case, since we had an entourage Vince Chase would have been jealous of).
Sammy had a great time taking everyone for laps and showing him how he counted them on the board. He even let Yael hold his counter and keep track for of the laps for him on it. Solly loved the running (when we couldn't catch him), but was really frustrated by not being able to play in the playroom. (But whhhhyyy?) Everyone had an incredible time hanging out together. Throughout the day Nurse L took such amazing care of us with her winning smile and endless good cheer.
When the whole mishpacha (family) left we weren't sure what we were going to do with the rest of our days (other than order and eat more hamburgers). Just after lunch Pete Holm arrived from www.Frog4Life.com, that's when the day really took off. To honor the memory of his son, Joshua, Pete comes to the HOT unit to allow the kids to build a stuffed animal. Sammy was entranced. Pete's son and a friend entertained Sammy and the kids for several hours by making it snow (spraying the stuffing everywhere for a burst, with permission of course), and stuffing a boatload of animals for all the kids and their siblings who wanted one today. Sammy stuffed a frog (are you surprised?) and dressed him in a karate outfit (foreshadowing for the evening movie).
After that we went back to the room, ate some more hamburgers, the Millers came to visit while up here for a family event and Aunty Jess Facetimed for a moment. We ate another hamburger and put the original Karate Kid in the DVD player. We swished, we brushed our teeth, we got our PJs on, turned out the lights and sang shema as we welcomed a wonderful new week and said good bye to a day filled with love, family, friends (new and old), gifts, hamburgers (of course) and my little boy full of smiles, good cheer, curiosity, humor, complexity and charm. If we have to be here it doesn't get any better than this.