“What a difference a day makes…”

PRE-NOTE: Friday evening we got a telephone call about a very serious auto accident involving Grandson Ben and Son/son-in- law David.  Ben was air-evac’ed to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  This is written on Sunday afternoon, May 27.


“What a difference a day makes…”, a long ago tune, keeps running through my mind.

Friday seems so long ago, when the lives of grandson Ben and Dad and Mom David and Robin and so many others changed instantly.  At that intersection in western Minnesota, one single second would have made a huge difference.

One single second.

I’ve just returned from the hospital.  Those with an interest can check in on Ben Menier.   I notice there have been over 1,700 visits already.  There will be time for individual visits later.

I’ve passed along all of the comments made by you – 40 so far.  Thank you so very much.

A couple of other favorites of mine come to mind today.  Louie Schwartzberg’s short film on Gratitude  is one I highly recommend.

Another is “The Station“, which Ann Landers liked so much she reprinted it from time to time years ago.  You can read it here: The Station001.

Ben and David and Robin were together in Ben’s ICU room yesterday afternoon.  As I write Ben is in surgery, another step towards a hoped for good end to an event no one could have anticipated.

At best, his will be a long haul, with uncertain end.

In peace.


For those who follow my blog, here is my offering for Memorial Day, 2018 written prior to the accident.

10 replies
  1. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    We appreciate the updates. Sending positive energies, thoughts and prayers for Ben & David and entire family. The care at Children’s is incredible and we know Ben is in the best of hands! Hugs and Love, Deb, Steve, Ash

  2. Florence Hedeen
    Florence Hedeen says:

    Your message literally took my breath away. Yes, one moment can change everything! Our hearts and prayers are with you, Ben and his family. I’m so glad that Ben is receiving the best possible medical care.

  3. Gwen Flynn
    Gwen Flynn says:

    So sorry to hear about this accident, Dick. I called my church and asked for Ben, David and the family to be put on the prayer chain. So there are quite a few people in Alexandria praying for all of you. Blessings.
    Gwen (Simonson) Flynn.

    • dickbernard
      dickbernard says:

      Thank you Gwen. There has been an almost overwhelming response. Ben has a long way to go, but surely great to see everyone who has his back. And David, too, and doubtless the other person in the accident who is also hospitalized in Sioux Falls.

  4. Karen West
    Karen West says:

    Dear Dick and Cathy, I’m so sorry to hear this! I have been out of touch with my e-mails and just back! You are all in our thoughts and prayers — healing for all three. Much love your way…


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