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Location:Park Hills, Mo
Location:Park Hills, Mo
The funniest guy I ever knew was an old man who resided at a nursing home I worked at years ago. His name was Lee. Lee did not set out to be funny but his actions always spoke much louder than any joke I have heard.
Lee, though confined to a wheel chair for many years when I met him still considered himself young and vibrant. On several occasions he would ask for my number and or to join him after my shift in the dining hall at a "private table" so he could juice and dine me. However, I was not his only conquest. Lee was not the least bit discriminative. If you were female you were IN. Young, old, tall short, fat, skinny, blonde, brunette or white haired did not matter, as long as you were female Lee liked you! He had one stipulation. You better not be a ..... I will use the word "hag" in place of a much more harsh version of what Lee called unfriendly women.
I use to love to watch Lee when I worked. He would get himself in so much trouble because his favorite thing was to act out of it and then when a woman would pass by he would reach out and grab her bottom. When she would turn in her shocked and angry manner, Lee would sit limp and act as though he was confused and did not know what was going on. Ornery man he was but as funny as can be. Lee had a history as well. I loved listening to him tell me stories of his younger (and as he added much more handsome days). I especially loved listening to him talk of his late Ann whom he had loved until she passed many years before. Since e=her death he had learned to enjoy life again and I guess to Lee that meant pinching the bottom of every stranger he came in contact with.
I do not know why Lee opened up to me. He did not care for much of the staff and in turn they did not understand why he would listen to me and/or talk with me. I knew though. Lee was not a patient, he was a friend and I was a better person because he was my friend.
Lee passed away one night while I was still working at the home. I remember that sad hollow feeling I had though I was grateful that he went in his sleep peacefully and quietly though selfishly I had wished for a moment to say good-bye.
I thought of Lee today out of the clear blue. I sat and watched my son doing the craziest things and the random laughs I got from his daily normal life and I thought of how I would get the same feeling from watching Lee. Owen is a lot like Lee. He is crazy, full of smiles, always up to no good, huge flirt and stole my heart the moment I met him.
Hope you are doing well Lee!!! Take care! (And quit chasing those angels around! Mind your manners before the big gut send you to time out!!!)
As a child, time seems to drag along and/or stand still. A school day is forever long, a summer break appears to be endless and your next birthday feels as though it will never arrive. When you enter college graduation seems ages away and at the front steps of your twenties thirty seems unreachable.
However, at 31 and with a 14 month old child (who seems as though he was born yesterday) I have come to realize how very quick that time passes by.
There are those minutes that still appear to take forever such as waiting in the doctor's office for the doctor himself to finally make his appearance. The days between now and your vacation cannot pass by quick enough. A school year looks like an endless amount of time at the beginning. Yet you blink and that doctor has come and went, your vacation pictures are framed and you are already half way through that school year. Where did the time go?
With time speeding past us also comes heartache. The loss of those we love, moments we miss, and the ache in our hearts as we watch our children grow so fast in front of us. (It breaks my heart to see how quickly the first year of my son's life has went by.)
And here we are at the beginning of another year. 2011. So many people predicting the events of the year to come and/or promising to themselves and the world the things they plan to do different this time around.
Therefore let me make my predictions and resolutions.
I predict that at times I will dislike my husband but many many more times I will love him and thank God for bringing him into my life. I predict that I will constantly be in awe of my son who will make me laugh and cry and always keep me on my toes. I predict I will loose something/someone very close to me and will have a heartache that will always be felt but I will survive. I predict that I will continue to grow with my faith in God and my love. I predict that at the end of 2011 I will be even more content in life.
My resolution for 2011 is to stop and smell the flowers (all of them, not just the roses). I plan to smile more and take every chance to enjoy my life and love my family. I plan to tell people I love them more and HUG more. I plan to thank God daily for the many many blessings he has given me and I plan to life my life to the fullest not in theory but in truth.
2011 You better be ready, because here I come and 1979-2010 have nothing on what I plan to do with you!
Today we spent the day celebrating Christmas with my family (the Kings). It was an eventful year and with that came new/long lost family members and so our Christmas gathering tripled in size this year! It was a beautiful blessing of a day!
However, along with such a larger gathering came so many presents. My dining room is filled with stuff--- mostly of new toys for Owen. So as much as I would love to blog and share all the exciting moments of the day, I have too much to put away!