|This is a 1980 photograph of Barbara Bush and this is very much how she looked when I met and talked with her -- save that we (myself, her daughter Dora, and myself were bathing suit clad and were sitting in a sauna!|
I've written about this before -- several years before. I had the privilege of meeting and chatting extensively with Barbara Bush during a time of great difficulty in my own life. Her daughter Dora was with her that day that I met both at my health club in the Renaissance Center of Detroit. The year was the early months of 1980 preceding the Republican National Convention held in Detroit that year. My husband, Barry MacIntosh had suffered a nearly fatal and totally disabling accident that left him a bilateral above-the-knee double amputee. The accident had been the preceding October 15th (1979). To assist with the adjustment of living with the condition, Barry was going through rehab at the Detroit Rehabilitation Institute. It was suggested he should take a day out to see how he would adjust to departure from the long-term care. We were preparing to move to a building with an elevator, but that move was about 3 weeks away and clearly he would not be able to wheel chair navigate our downtown Detroit apartment with small stairs. I then had my office in Tower 100 of the Detroit Renaissance Center and a membership in the Renaissance Center Health Club. There were family privileges and so we decided that Barry, my son Stephen and myself would enjoy the day at the Renaissance Center where Stephen and I could swim, Barry would watch; we would then take dinner and a movie and return Barry to the Detroit Rehabilitation Institute. The rest of the story may be read by clicking here to read the account I posted to this blogspot 13 years ago, in 2005, then 25 years after Barbara Bush, Dora Bush, and myself had our chance informal meeting in my Health Club. She was a lovely and gracious lady -- we chatted as if we had know each other all our lives. I have had many fond remembrances of her since. News accounts informed the public that she had spent her last day with her hand being held by family members and her pastor reading Scripture and praying with her. May she rest in peace!