I am thankful for the community within this little blog. I learn so much from the people who read and comment and share. The last time I wrote about visiting the home for older people, I received so many kind and encouraging comments, some from people who work at places like this sharing the message, “Go back!”
While reading the responses, I made a point that we would, and the we would soon, and hopefully often.
Today was our day to return, we even had our friends come meet us, they dressed in their best dress up clothes, Rapunzel and Minnie mouse.
Elijah met Doria who’s face lit up when he touched her arm. She spoke kindly to him in German, staring at his sweet face like he was her own child before giving him a hug and kiss. He couldn’t understand the words she whispered out to him, but that didn’t stop them from a connection, from bringing a smile of joy to a face that had been blank.
We visited with the guests and then we asked, “Where is Virginia?”
“Which Virginia, we have 3.”
We described her and they pointed us to her room down a long hall lined with rooms.
We walked down the hall with shiny floors towards her room, we couldn’t see much inside, it was very dark, a little light glowing from behind a crooked curtain.
We walked in slowly, the boys in front, peeking around the hanging sheet separating people where the nurse was beckoning us. Would she remember us?
When she saw them, she blinked a few times and squinted, “Hi Virginia!” Elijah said.
She squinted again, straightening up in her chair. She looked at their smiling faces, and a kind smile filled the entirety of her face,
“You came back!”
Maria asked if she would like to hear Harry Potter.
“Oh, I would love that, I used to be an English teacher back in Pennsylvania.”
Maria read her a few pages, “Maria, you are such a great reader,” Virginia told her. Maria beamed.
We had read Proverbs 16:24 before we went in, Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.//
Each kiddos told her something sweet, “You are BEAUTIFUL!” Elijah shouted.
“Thank you for letting me read to you….” Maria smiled.
“You are the best old person….ever,” Finley said with a serious face.
She smiled, so comfortable with the noise and commotion that come with my crew.
“Thank you for coming, what do you guys have going on today. I just love visitors, come back when you can.”
“We will,” we waved!