His blue eyes lit up as he gazed at my dog. The twinkle in them was the first thing I noticed, followed by his friendly smile as my dog approached his chair. Memories seemed to flood back to his brain as we spoke about how he once had a dog and how he just loved him. He gently pet Cap, laughing and commenting on the softness of his fur and the attractiveness of his eyes. Cap is a pet visitation therapy dog. He visits elder-care homes, schools and other organizations that can benefit from the amazing bond between humans and animals. Quite frequently he visits those affected by some form of dementia. Continue reading
My dear friend, I want you to know that I only see “you.” I’ve known you for years. I knew you when you were fifty pounds lighter, ten pounds heavier, five pounds near your goal, and I’ve seen you in sun dresses, the skinny jeans, and the sweatpants. You were married, you were divorced, you were single and you were pregnant. During all of those different times in our lives, all I’ve ever truly seen was “you.” We are friends because of your smile, your positive attitude, the perspective you give me on life, your loyalty, your intellect, your dedication to your friends and family, your weird laugh and all of the truly important things that make you….you. We are friends because we have laughed until we have cried, we have reassured each other, we have been honest with each other, we have said the easy things and the hard things to each other and at the core, we have truly “seen” each other.
I only see “you.” The real you. Continue reading
Currently I am not registered as an organ donor. For the first time in my life, I am seriously giving it some thought. In the last six months there have been two experiences that have touched me to the very depths of my soul. The first experience was the loss of a teen in one of our local high schools. His family’s willingness to donate his organs saved eight lives. My second experience is happening right now with a dear friend who is waiting for a transplant.
How many people are waiting? Continue reading