Posted in Acrostic

Tribute to Caregivers

Hands

Comforting words soothe those

Alone in a world of pain and grief,

Reminding them someone cares.

Each day they do their best to

Give of themselves,

Inspiring others with their dedication,

Valiantly enduring their own woes to

Encourage others to overcome theirs,

Reminding people they matter,

Silently making a difference daily.

Acrostic

( poem written in honor of my grand-daughter who is a dedicated caregiver)


Do you wonder why It is hard to love a person who works with Older Adults?

We come home late and are too tired to cook.

We work extra because we know there are sick, lonely, or depressed residents who need us.

We don’t always want to talk when we come home because we have talked all day.

We don’t want to work around the house when we come home because we have moved all day and many times it is hours before we get a break.

It may seem that we have left all our caring, our hearts, and our love at work, and then come home without any left.

But we don’t tell you that many times at work we are scared.

Scared we are missing something. Scared we will let our residents down. We have to deal with angry families who only see one side, and they fuss at us when we are doing our best and following regulations set by the state.

We don’t tell you how the staffing shortage makes us frustrated and overly tired, not to mention “wearing more hats” because less people are allowed inside.

We juggle so many things at once. We love the job we do, but we are stressed and scared of what we might come in contact with – and the unknown.

It is hard to love a person who works with older adults, but know this: Your healthcare worker needs your love.

They need your understanding – your patience. They need to know that you “get it”, especially when their hands are tied concerning guidelines.

They are working with LOTS of people at one time, all day, and have many other requirements to tend to, and still have to keep a smile on their face and try to please everyone.

They have to clean, disinfect, and wear a mask all day in an already warm environment.

They wash their hands so much that their hands become dry and cracked.

They have to document. Everything.

Therefore, They need you to do the hardest thing YOU may ever do, which is to love a healthcare worker.

These workers are the “forgotten” ones in healthcare. They need your love and support.

(–Author Unknown)

Posted in October 2019, Rhyme

At the Red Light

Cardboard sign saying “Need 25 Cents”

Middle aged lady

Looking tense,

Holds cardboard sign,

“Need 25 Cents”

Curious, I roll my window down.

“Just a quarter? Why?”

“I’m saving money,

A bus ticket to buy”

“My husband just died,

Family don’t care,

Want me to leave too,

But I need bus fare”

“A friend in Arizona

Told me she’d give me a room

I just need to get there,

Need to go very soon”

“So I’m saving quarters,

or whatever I can,

To leave this place,

That’s my plan.”

Only cash I had was a few coins.

“It’s all I have to give” I say

“It adds up” she smiles,

“Thanks for helping me today”

The light turns green,

I wave a quick Good bye,

“God Bless” I say

Thankful I took time to ask why.

In two minutes at a red light

It’s amazing what you can learn,

Just roll your window down,

And show some concern.

Rhyme

Posted in July 2016, Scripture, Senryu

Blessing of a Gift

Oft’ a gift blesses

Not only the recipient

But also the giver

Senryu

And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’  Acts 20:35 

Last night I was blessed to be given a wonderful surprise gift by my youngest grand-daughter. Her generous heart brought me so much joy!

Yet, she said the giving brought her much joy also.  She’s such a sweetheart!