My dream started at the house we all grew up in (aka 548), and all of us kids were standing in the kitchen. The house was pretty much torn up, so I am guessing it was in it’s pre-tearing down stage after Walgreens purchased it. I had just finished reattaching the old brown and white paneling on the kitchen walls. My brother Will said “Nice job, I like what you did.” Then, we started talking about Dad, who had been in the hospital, something to do with his hip. Upon discharge he would be going back to the little red house behind the old dairy queen. (The house the folks bought when Walgreens took over 548.) We were all worried about who would take care of him, since I don’t live basically down the avenue from that house anymore.
We decided it was time to leave 548 and come up with a plan. After walking outside, we turned around to find the back porch was completely gone and the kitchen door was boarded up. A car then pulls in the driveway and it is my niece, her fiance, my nephew and his wife, their mother and her hubby. When my niece’s fiance gets out of the car, all these papers blow out into the alley at 548. “What the heck is that?” we all asked. To which my niece replies “They are all car insurance cards….he saves every one of them! Uggghhh.”
We all get in our respective vehicles and drive to the little red house. While there, we are talking to someone about whether or not dad will need care after he gets home. In the shadows of the kitchen we see someone in a hat with his back to us. At first I think it’s my brother Will. He turns around and it’s our Dad! He looks great, wearing his old light colored 10 gallon hat, a white shirt, black cowboy tie, black pants and his black cowboy boots. He walks over, standing straight, not limping anymore. I looked at him and said “Daddy! What are you doing here already? We were so worried…I thought you were dying.” He gave me a big old hug and said “I’m here to tell you I’m ok and so is your mom. Everything is going to be fine. You don’t have to worry so much anymore.” In the middle of the hug, I woke up. It felt so real, I was looking around for him. My dad passed away in 2007.