Thanksgiving blessings...unsung heroes
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Today I visited my sister who lives about 75 miles away. She's four years younger than I, and has had a lifetime of physical and mental issues. For the last four years she's lived in a nursing home, but prior to that she lived in a group home for 6 years, and in multiple residential settings before that.
Marilyn doesn't ask me for much, but she's very social and enjoys interacting with others a great deal. At times, she is pretty needy in that respect, and I know she asks lots of questions of the staff at the nursing home and asks for lots of little things to be done for her. Many times these questions primarily are for attention. We talk about that and I try to help her figure out what is important and what could be left for later. It doesn't always "take."
At any rate, I had two instances today of feeling incredibly thankful and grateful for some of the people in my sister's life, as well as others in similar situations. First, Marilyn needed to go to the bathroom and must have help from staff. The CNA came into the room to help her...full of life, smiles, cheer and energy! Wow...if there ever was a job that is incredibly hard and at times, thankless, this has to be it. I was so impressed. It was nice to know it wasn't just for my benefit, too, as I heard her a few minutes later in the room next door. Thank you, Evie, for your kind and caring ways! You deserve much more, but this is the best I can do right now!
The second instance was at a Wendy's where I stopped for lunch. A small group of 6 adults came in together. They were loud and milling around. But, there were two people who were "in charge" and they got everyone up to the order line, helped them order, helped them get their drinks and food and settled them in the far corner of the restaurant. They were folks from a group home and out for a drive and lunch on a nice sunny day. How easy it would be to think of them as disruptive and not belonging there...but how easily the two staff members worked with them and gave them all the assistance they needed. It was a pleasure to see. Again, a hard, hard job...who wants to work with adults with disabilities on a daily basis? There are many who do!!
There is no shortage of people who are unsung heroes in this world and we can make a list a mile long. Lots and lots of folks fit that description, but today these are the ones who are uppermost in my mind. Thanks to these wonderful people, and thanks to everyone who works hard to deliver services and kindnesses to others who need it so badly. I appreciate and applaud you!!