There is a turmoil of emotion as I open the front door to the local health care center where my mother has resided for several years. I know most of the employees, and I have confidence in their caring for her, or I would not be able to sleep at night. Still, I find as I enter the nicely decorated, and clean building, I have to fight, what I can only describe, as the nursing home blues.
The other residents always seem glad to hear a kind word as I pass by them, I know they must get lonely sometimes. A kind word is positive for the residents and the employees. I have a strong desire for the CNA’S and Nurses to know I don't take them for granted. I am there on a regular basis. I don't just watch the way my mom is taken care of, I watch and keep an eye on every resident as I pass their room. I've been a private sitter since 1996 and I know the strength and kindness needed to work with the patients. They have so many different needs and it takes a special person to work at a nursing home.
On this Mother's Day, I would like to take the opportunity to say that even though my mom probably won't remember my visit or how long she's lived there, or that my dad passed away in 2008, or that her parent's have also passed away, it is a blessing to visit as she still remembers her daughters and most of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. There is still so much she shares with her kind words and hugs, still greeting us with the sweetest smile. She still tells us how much she loves us. I realize every time I visit that day will come when I no longer will have this privilege to spend time with her.
In my mother's honor I would like to share a poem she has written.
RAINDROPS by Shirley Preston
Raindrops, raindrops falling down, Dancing quietly to the ground. From my window, I can see, Raindrops silently bidding me. "Come out as once when you were young, And raindrops to you meant only fun, There are songs to be sung while dancing in the rain, Think not of the cloudy day, nor the sky, high above - all cloudy and gray, Think of only the beauty the raindrops can do, and you'll see a rainbow in the sky of blue, You'll feel young again for a little while, Just like a carefree child, Enjoy the rain falling all around, Yes, raise your face to the sky, closing your eyes, and for a few moments... you're a happy child.”
As we celebrate Mother's Day, please remember all the positive things your mother has done for you through the years and make this a special day if you are blessed to have a wonderful mother still living, or one who has passed away.
This is a good time to remember a daughter who may also be a mother, and has given you the greatest gift of experiencing what it's like to be a grandmother, or a great-grandmother. It is a time to remember all Mother's on this day. And all of us from The Messenger Newspaper wish you a blessed and wonderful