Blogs by Edie M. Batstone
Hold That Thought!
9/3/2011 11:08:01 AM
My mother is now adjusting to her new home at a Care Centre, and during my visits there, I humbly put together a few of my thoughts into this essay.
Hold That Thought!
If I could hold one thought for longer than the flash that it occurs in, and really make it count, which one might it be, and what would I do with it? As I watched the group of seniors sitting in the large circle of chairs in the common room at the Care Centre, I wondered what valuable thoughts were circling within those seasoned minds, possibly ‘on hold’ and unable to make the wider trip outside of their consciousness any more. Their eyes were trying to communicate, until, in many cases, they had given up and just closed down - temporarily exhausted from the struggle. I wonder if, in their gaze, some of those thoughts might have been trying to tell me: “Don’t neglect expressing every one of your thoughts, feelings, and ideas, while you can – before the door starts to close, and while you still have the ability to move out into the world and make it listen.
I also wonder if some of them may be thinking, “Why are you yelling in my face – My hearing is fine! I just can’t verbalize any more, and there is no way that speaking louder is going to fix that." Or they might be thinking: “The next time they throw that ball at me - I’ll actually catch it and go for a homerun through the dining hall!"
No matter how well-intentioned the attempts to help are, and the staff at the Centre are truly kind angels, sometimes we are all left playing the ultimate guessing game, with the stakes being the precious prize of human dignity. We, on the outside looking in, can easily lose sight of the enormous potential of life experience that these residents have had to hand over, as their world became redefined within these caring but confining walls.
Sometimes it’s not so much that we can’t see, but that we can see; and the reality makes us very uncomfortable – We come to the point where we are looking at our own possible future.
So, I will pass along one thought in the hopes that it will still be there when my time comes: Never underestimate the power of a smile – When all of our words fail, and the thought processes are challenged, it is the one form of communication that still finds its way - straight to the heart. Hold that thought!
Post a Comment new!
More Blogs by Edie M. Batstone
Next Stop: 'Zoomerland'! - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Treasure Seekers! - Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Thank You For The Dreams Dad! - Sunday, June 16, 2013
A Great Big Warm 'Boot To The Head'! - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Walk With Me - Fly For Me! - Saturday, April 20, 2013
If I Were Twenty Years Younger! - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Where The Wind Blows! - Saturday, March 23, 2013
A Valentine Sonnet - Thursday, February 14, 2013
My Roof's Got A Hole In It - Saturday, January 26, 2013
Wait Training 101 - Saturday, January 05, 2013
Merry Christmas To All And To All A GOOD LIGHT - Friday, December 21, 2012
In The Arms Of Christmas - Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hope For A Precious Child - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Happiness Can Be Tricky! - Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sign, Sign, Everywhere Sign - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Housework Or Heartwork! - Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Wheee! I'm Riding! - Thursday, July 19, 2012
Reading In The Garden - Monday, July 16, 2012
The Strongest Man In The World! - Monday, June 25, 2012
Time Travel! - Friday, May 25, 2012
Dr. Seuss's Teapot! - Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Love That Bluegrass! - Sunday, April 15, 2012
An Easter Walk - Friday, April 06, 2012
Mom's Dahlias - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Still Climbing! - Monday, February 13, 2012
Someone Open A Window! - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Chill, Papa Joe! - Saturday, January 14, 2012
Let The Games Begin! - Thursday, January 12, 2012
All Is Calm - Or Not! - Thursday, December 29, 2011
Plant Seeds Of Hope This Christmas! - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Something Fishy In The Air! - Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Tinker Bell's Mom! - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Roofers' Rap - Thursday, October 13, 2011
Hope - Bring It On! - Thursday, October 06, 2011
My Christmas List - Monday, September 26, 2011
Hold That Thought! - Saturday, September 03, 2011
Been To Newfoundland - Got Way More Than The T-Shirt! - Sunday, August 28, 2011
I Found A Pearl! - Monday, July 25, 2011
Me And Pepe! - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Hand To Mouth - Monday, May 23, 2011
Dear God, I'm Afraid! - Thursday, May 12, 2011
Write It Down! - Thursday, May 05, 2011
Twirl With Me! - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
What's The Word? - Saturday, April 23, 2011
Talking To My Plants! - Monday, April 18, 2011
Kidding Around - Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Disconnected! - Monday, April 11, 2011
Who Do You Think You Are - In Twenty Minutes?! - Friday, April 08, 2011
Crap Happy! - Saturday, April 02, 2011
Top O' The Morning, Afternoon, and Evening - Thursday, March 17, 2011
Eva Cassidy's Beauty Lives On! - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
I'm Melting! - Saturday, March 05, 2011