Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Wonder of Clouds

When I pulled up to the Nursing Home, intending to bring Mom K to our house for the day, she and another resident were sitting on the front porch together. They both waved to me. While it was a hot day, the covered front porch with high ceilings is always cool, with a cross-breeze always skimming through it.
"I came to see if you'd like to come to our house for the afternoon," I asked.
"Oh, I don't know," she said, "Shirley and I were just sitting here watching the clouds. They are very interesting."
I glanced at the sky. The clouds were indeed very interesting- big billowing cumulus that morphed into elephants, and angels, and winged chariots.
"Oh, go," said Shirley, "Nice to get a change of scenery."
"There is a nice change of scenery right here," said Mom K.
I would say she is adjusting well to her new home. Still, I talked her into coming for just a little while.
"A little while turns into a long while," she worried.
"How about for just two hours?"
"See," she laughed, "Two hours turns to four!"
"No...I mean FOR just two hours."
"Oh, well for a little while."
I passed one of the aids as I walked in to get Mom K's walker and she told me, "You should have seen your mother-in-law in exercise class today! I wish I had a video."
I think perhaps I can stop worrying quite so much about Mom K. She has new friends, new activities, and the wonder of watching clouds from a porch that is always cool and inviting.
Thank you Lord.

Zechariah 8:12-13 (NIV)
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. [13] Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong. ”

-save a dog-

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