Friday, December 30, 2016

Thoughts - December 30, 2016

“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom.
 ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera.
Working as a geriatric nurse, I found most helpful, and interesting, photographs of patients throughout their lives. Many families would make a collage of pictures and put it on the patients' doors or above their beds. If you have any doubts about the above quote (which is one of the truest things I've ever read!), just ask an older person about 'falling in love' the first time. Or their first job. Or their school days. Once I asked Marie, a 93 y.o. resident of a facility where I was working, about her 'most favorite trip'. Suddenly, her eyes flashed and she smiled a big smile - revealing the beauty and depth of her spirit from decades ago -- "Oh," she said, "that would be Havannah, 1938. What a place -- hotels, dancing, music, romance...." How I wanted to go with her to that spot in time! - Beth Almond Ford

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