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· How To Stretch A Puddle

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· Hungry Sean, The Leprechaun

· A New Year's Resolution - Smile!

· Love Those Wrinkles!

· A Musician's Prayer

· A Flower For My Mom

· How Scary Is That!

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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!



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• 'Lest We Remember' - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
• Little Building - Saturday, November 01, 2014
• Counting To Ten! - Thursday, October 09, 2014
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• Off With Her Hat! - Thursday, June 19, 2014
• Be Not Afraid - You Are A Masterpiece! - Wednesday, May 21, 2014
• Mothers' Day Silliness - Thursday, May 08, 2014
• Spring Is Here? - Monday, March 24, 2014
• Knitting Thoughts - Saturday, January 25, 2014
• Finding Holy Ground - Friday, January 10, 2014
• Baby Pictures - Tuesday, December 17, 2013
• 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


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