It is so freeing to write when I don’t expect anyone to read it! Why? Because there is no one to JUDGE. And yet all my lovely readers have always been so positive and encouraging… Whatever.
Just something to jot down and get the fingers moving over a typepad, over the KEYS. We do still call them keys and not buttons, yes?
SO, today I met an interesting lady who had 4 or more books in her walker-basket. Maybe I should say where I was… I was at the nursing home that is not so much nursing as not-quite-independent living home.
I commented on my friend’s books, “Oh! You like to read! Any of these good?” and she replied that she reads the first page and the last page and makes up stuff for the middle.
Aint that great? I smiled at her with comradery joy and understanding. “I can’t remember what I read anyway.”
And then later… Another friend who always has a smile for me; a smile of recognition for someone I am not but I don’t dissuade her. She tells me that her brother keeps her holiday decorations for her and brings them when it is time. She doesn’t have room to store her angels, her 2 foot tree. But he does and he took it on himself to do that for her and help her find the spaces and places to decorate her room in style, with her own memorable stuff. I thought that so sweet. So simple, so sweet.
This is that lady that assumes I gave her a violet flowering plant and always asks me if I’ve seen the blooms. And thanks me for giving it to her. I don’t know who she thinks I am; I did not give her the plant. But I complement the blossoms and the caregiver – she must be so wonderful to keep that flower going and blooming and living! and she is. Wonderful.
I’m getting weepy at the craziest songs. I am also listening to a lot of sports radio talk. HUH? Anyway, when the commercials come on – always many many minutes of penis enlargement and sales tapes to improve business yappings, I switch to my Dixie Chick CD. Remember that song Earl? When Earl had to die, nah nah nah nah nah nah… etc. The first verse describes how Wanda files for divorce and lets the law take it from there, but Earl ‘walks right through that restraining order and put her in intensive care’… Then Wanda’s friend MaryAnn catches the red-eye from Atlanta and I burst into tears.
What a great friend.