Friday, November 16, 2007

Cocoon

Hubby's mom had knee replacement surgery last week and has been recovering in a rehabilitation facility. Really, though, it's an old folks home a senior citizen center.

We've been going there nightly (it's right down the street from us) with the boyz to visit their Grandma as she gets back on her feet.

Each and every time we step off the elevator onto the 2nd floor, all I can think of is that movie Awakenings, especially the scene where the person in the wheelchair raises their arm in a claw and catches the ball. Hubby, on the other hand, can always be faintly heard muttering, "Jeez, it's like night of the living dead in here."

There is usually a gaggle of 6-10 wheelchair-bound elderly congregated in the hallway. I always make a point to smile (brightly) and say hi (loudly) as their eyes twinkle at the sight of the scampering boyz, who are completely oblivious to the attention as they jostle and shove to be the first to find and then enter Grandma's room. (Why, oh why, is everything a competition?)

There is one frail woman in particular with red-rimmed eyes and sparse, curly white hair, always adorned in a blue bathrobe, whom Baby has taken quite a liking to. Each time he spies her, he struts right up to the front of her wheelchair, and as she reaches her arms toward him, Baby briskly slaps her a high-five. Every time.

And every time, this woman acts soooooo suprised (and elated) that Baby has been so bold. Sadly, I think she really doesn't remember him each time. But I'm glad she gets such a kick and derives such joy from my 2 year old charmer.

9 comments:

Annie said...

That is so beautiful- bridging that gap of a generation, or more. Don't you just love that kids are so uninhibited?

Amy said...

Oh that's cute! It doing more for her than you probably know, even if it's new to her each time!

Chaotic Joy said...

There is just something about children and the elderly. They can see through it all.

Mrs. Chicky said...

I think this is a great reminder, especially with the holidays coming, that it doesn't take much to make someone happy. People who really need a little happiness in their lives. Thanks for this.

Sarah said...

In my former life I was a social worker in a nursing home/rehab facility. You are probably right about the woman not remembering baby...but it doesn't matter...He's making her day. Just seeing your boys is probably the highlight of the day for many of the resoidents. So many get no visitors at all, it always made me sad.

Patois said...

You are raising such wonderful kids. How they must brighten the days of them!

Southern Fried Girl said...

That lady probably gets such joy from your little one. I think it's nice that you bring your boys nightly to see Grandma....the rest of the residents probably get such a kick out of them.

Janet said...

I love that effect that children can have on those whose children are long grown. It gives me hope for the future.

Tracy said...

As a nurse, I've spent a lot of my time working in nursing homes and I can honestly say that the two things that I have seen put smiles on the residents faces were children and animals. Sadly, they get to see either one so seldomly. I can't tell you what your kids just walking down the hall does for these people. I'm so glad you're taking them there!

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