I was feeling a little sad this week after Mark and I picked up a handicap placard hanger for our car. We’re heading to San Francisco in October and we thought it might be a good idea to have just in case we need it. I really didn’t think getting a piece of plastic would bother me so much, but it hit me pretty hard so I took a nap. Naps seem to solve a lot of my problems. They always have, even before I was sick.
Later that evening my friend Teresa LaVigne stopped by to visit. She hadn’t seen me in a while so I was a little nervous about her reaction because I’ve gotten considerably weaker since we last saw one another. I was just waking up from my nap when she arrived so she saw Mark help me out of bed and put on my tennis shoes and jacket but she didn’t flinch a bit. She accepted my weakness and helped me walk like it was the natural thing to do. All three of us headed out to Snug Harbor for a hike and they each took my arm and we walked arm in arm through the woods.
Teresa is naturally funny and such a genuine friend. By the time we had dinner later that night I had forgotten all about my troubles and my night ended beautifully with a great, understanding friend.
The next morning I was invited to breakfast by my sister Joan and our friend Suzie DeYoung. They both work in a nursing home and also care for friends and relatives when they’re not at work. Joan and Suzie were telling me stories of residents that never have a visitor, let alone a friend or family member to brighten their day.
After they left I thought to myself, ‘Really, what do I have to complain about? I’m surrounded by so much love and care that I don’t even know how to handle it sometimes.’
I wish I could share some of it with people who feel lonely.