Somebody had a birthday today! Around Memory Care birthdays are a pretty big deal. Family members bring in cakes and cookies and everyone makes sure residents are celebrated on a grand scale.
Yes, one of these guys even whistled a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday right on key. When the final note was performed, he looked at the gentleman who added another year to his age today and grinned ear to ear.
My dad's birthday is in July.
Today is his birthday - the one I found feeding Dad when I walked through the door. The guy who located the missing lens from Dad's glasses last week - and only because he was fixing the chair so it wouldn't bump into the wall. He is one who goes the extra mile and always brings that smile to work. Rest assured, Dad notices.
Memory Care was bustling today. Harry, the resident puppy, was quite happy perched on the lap of one of the residents. This sweet lady can always be found taking care of someone - nowadays it's most generally Harry but she also has a den of teddy bears which are recipients of her affection.
One day this precious woman called me over as I was scurrying out the door. She was sitting at a table with two other ladies. I asked if I could help and she motioned and pointed as she attempted to put words to her thoughts. Three ladies sitting in the dining room mid-afternoon. What could they possibly be thinking about? I pondered the thought for two seconds before drawing a conclusion.
I would want cookies!
"Is it time for a tea party?" I asked. She smiled and nodded. This trio enjoyed refreshments, as well as camaraderie, a yearning which transcends time. These folks take care of each other. They sense needs and have compassion for their friends. That's why they share their food and alert us when their coughing dinner companion needs a drink.
Today when I told my dad someone was having a birthday he lit up. I would not classify it as an exceptional day for Dad - no, not even a marginal day. He could not manage his fork at dinner and had to be fed every last bite. Most of the responses I got were "Uh-huh" - but when I pointed to the man who provided the strength which hoisted him from his chair and led him to the dining room, a smile came over his face.
"It's his birthday, Dad!" I exclaimed, following my announcement up with a six note whistle. All eyes were on Dad as he continued the tune, whistling each note of Happy Birthday to his friend. He poured out every last talent he could muster on someone who provides so much to the residents on a daily basis. For all Dad cannot do - he had a whistle and a smile to share. "Happy Birthday, Charlie!"
A most heartfelt gift was delivered and received!
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