I say “gift” but what Lynette Walker did for her elderly parents was indeed a sacrifice.
I first met Lynette in Ernie White’s showroom where we picked out everything for her mom and dad’s new home. Lynette was there not only to help with the selections, but because she was building this home for her parents as a gift.
Lynette grew up appreciating the value of a dollar. She and her 4 siblings were all raised in a single wide trailer in Plant City, FL. That trailer, needless to say, has seen better days. After over 40 years, the trailer was literally falling apart but her sweet parents were reluctant to move as they felt it was still good enough to live in and why spend the money.
Well, Lynette insisted that they would live in something nice. A new trailer would have done the trick but Lynette built them a brand new simple/smaller scaled home. She wanted them to have nice textiles like wood floors and wood cabinets but she didn’t stop there.
She contacted me about giving them a brand new great room/kitchen….with new furniture, accessories….complete with all the “fixn’s”, as they say in Plant City.
I found a set of decorative plates and Tiffany lamps that Mary (Lynette’s mom) liked and used them for inspiration. I wanted this home to be about Mary and Fred and not anything current or trendy.
Lynette took them out shopping. It was a surprise to them as Mom and I had a only a few hours but were plugging in the last cord when they arrived.
It was the sweetest moment. Mary cried…we all cried.…Lynette captured it on video.
It’s these moments that make it all worth it.
Lynette has thanked me over and over and one of her sister’s even called me. What I want to do is thank them. Who gets this kind of opportunity?
Lynette- I’ve learned a lot from you through this experience. Your selfless heart is one to not only be admired but also duplicated. Your giving husband should be praised just the same.
Your gift to your parents has also blessed me.