My friend Glenn recently passed – got me off track a bit.
Glenn was special – VERY special. He was an amputee victim; had lost both an arm and a leg.
Yet, Glenn was kind, caring, sweet and inherently good to the core. It’s so true that we are never too old to learn, because I learned so much from him in one short year…only I never got the chance to thank him. If you have a friend like this, do take a moment to tell them how much you appreciate them!
I saw Glenn just about every day for the past year. He enjoyed tooling around outside in his wheel chair, puffing on his Old Gold’s and chatting it up with neighbors and passers-by. He preferred the warm weather, but the cold didn’t keep him inside. (And no, anti-smokers, the cigs didn’t “get” him, he passed of natural causes.)
He enjoyed talking to one male neighbor about his nice, shiny motorcycle and truck – guy things, you know.
Glenn never once complained and was always happy to lend a listening ear. I never once heard him utter an unkind word against another person.
So to all the Glenn’s out there, thank you for what you are and may my friend Glenn rest in peace. He is sorely missed by many, but I have no doubt he is singing with the saints now, free of all handicaps…
While visiting a loved one in a nursing home, the sweetest thing happened…
It was almost time for supper. The nurse’s aides were helping some of the residents move into the dining area of the nursing home. Noting this, we prepared to leave. After grabbing my jacket I glanced down the hallway whereby I witnessed one of the sweetest acts of caring I have ever seen.
In the picture we have two nurse’s aides and two residents. The aide’s are on the right and left, the two in the middle are residents who suffer from late stage Alzheimer’s. One aide took the woman by the hand, while the other aide took the man by the hand.
The woman resident was a bit unstable on her feet. The man, upon seeing her “wobble” a bit, stopped in his tracks, gave her the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen, and took her hand to extend his gentlemanly assistance. Look how tightly he is holding onto her hand.
Of course, now-a-days if a man did this anywhere else some nutty woman would run off shouting “sexual harassment”!!! Sad. It was so wonderful to be in that place, at that moment, to witness this pure and innocent act of kindness and have no worries about anyone getting all riled up.
If I could, I would crown that man the “King of kindness”! 🙂
This is when I grabbed my camera and quickly snapped this image. It didn’t come out well – I did it so fast and they were all quite a ways from me by the time I got my camera, but the image is good enough to see the result of this sweet incident.
Both of the patients in the center barely speak any longer. Yet the instinct to help, the caring this man showed her in a simple gesture, was so touching it just boggled my mind.
I saw an image today, with a nasty looking girl and the text:
“I hated everyone before it was mainstream.”
That struck me as VERY sad. To think that the mentality now is – literally – hatred? And its gone mainstream?
This is not a good thing! It’s also so contrary to what I was brought up to believe in; which was, “Love one another”.
No matter how difficult…
Go for it disclaimer: Now I’m not the greatest with images, but if anyone wants to nab that and share for the message we should be sending, please feel free to do so – no copyright, no claims of “ownership”. Click on the image for a larger version – same non-rules apply. A link would be appreciated, but hey, if you can’t even do that, so be it.