Monday, July 23, 2012

Of Older People

One of the things I notice about old people is that they always seem interested in the time and the weather.  The day that I begin to check on these things is when I'll know I'm old.

There is an old lady that plays with a deck of cards.  She just opens them one by one and when she gets four of a kind, she pushes them aside until all the fifty-two cards are done.  I think it's a great way for her to pass the time as well as to keep her mind active.  One day, when she didn't realise I was watching, she finished playing and I clapped for her.  It made her so happy to know that she had an audience.  She was beaming with a sense of accomplishment and I gave her a thumbs up.

She hasn't enough strength to shuffle the whole deck of cards so she has to mix them on the table and then arrange them back again.  If I am there, I will give her a hand and shuffle the whole deck of cards for her.  The first time that I did it, she gave me a salute.  Now when I see her, we salute each other and smile.  It's just a small thing between us that I know makes her happy.

It also makes me happy.

(pic from photobucket)


  1. I think it is brilliant that you communicated without words. Sometimes, words are just not necessary. Especially when we really care.

    This made me smile for you :)

    1. Thank you, Pat. I hadn't realised the part about words and you are right.

      I think that now she looks forward to seeing me whenever I visit the nursing home. :)

  2. Isn't that totally cool? I get a special glow inside me when I know I've made someone happy - for reason at all, for no gain. It's such a priceless feeling, no? Nice.

    1. Thanks, Pat. Whenever I go, it's 'our thing' now and I believe my MIL is feeling a bit jealous. LOL