SHOUTING, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!"

I try to make the local nursing home a stop for me on Monday’s. The people in the home are beautiful people, but my heart always hurts for them. They’ve reached a point in their life that they can no longer live by themselves and must have someone else take care of them.

Yesterday I made a special effort to go by Bennie’s room. Bennie was celebrating her 96th birthday. Her body is worn out and she can’t hear a thing unless you yell at her, but mentally she’s still pretty sharp.

When I stuck my head in her room she was sleeping. I noticed on the end of her bed was an opened birthday card. I debated for a moment whether or not to wake her but finally decided that I would break my “visitation rule #1″ and call her name to see if she’d wake up. She opened her eyes. I asked her how she was and if she knew what today was? She said, “Huh?” I smiled and asked again yelling much louder the second time.

“DID YOU KNOW YOU’RE HAVING A BIRTHDAY?” I yelled.

“Yes, on the 17th I’m going to be 96,” she said.

“Today’s the 17th,” I told her almost shouting. “Happy birthday, Bennie!” Her eyes seemed to brighten and she had a proud look on her face. She knew she had accomplished something with her 96 years on this earth.

I teased her a little and told her I couldn’t give her a birthday whipping, because I couldn’t count to 96. That brought a smile to her very wrinkled face.

As I got ready to leave, I worried about singing “Happy Birthday” without any help, but it worked out fine. I didn’t sing it at all … I shouted it! :-)

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

(Comment of the
Day: Laura said…
“We should all shout “Happy Birthday!” My grandmother is in a nursing home and I know she appreciates visits from us and from people that aren’t her family.I think if people would make the effort to stop by and visit nursing homes they’d be surprised at the blessing they’d receive.”)

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  1. Stoogelover says:

    You are a good man, Trey, blessing her life with a visit. My former church at Long Beach will be celebrating the 100th birthday of a very dear sister on Sunday. She still attends almost every week and drove herself to church up until about 4 years ago. When she would get there, she would take a broom and sweep off the front porch and steps.

  2. That Girl says:

    My sweet Mamaw is 89 and in a nursing home. When my daddy comes in and asks, “Whatcha know, Mama?” She answers, “Not as much as I knew yesterday.”

    Thank you for loving the old people.

  3. BrotherMichael says:

    That really touched my heart Trey….you are such an inspiration. We all need to remember our Seniors. They are people too and just because they got a little old does not mean we should discard them or place them in “storage” to forget them…..GOD BLESS YOU MAN!

  4. Laura says:

    We should all shout “Happy Birthday!” My grandmother is in a nursing home and I know she appreciates visits from us and from people that aren’t her family.I think if people would make the effort to stop by and visit nursing homes they’d be surprised at the blessing they’d receive.

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    brother michael – thanks for the kind words. I’m not the inspiration I’d like to be when it came to checking on our elderly. I know I could do a better job of it too.

    Laura – Amen!

  6. Anonymous says:

    that’s cool. i like old people, except the mean, grumpy ones…

    blogprophet

  7. DJG says:

    This was on my heart this morning…thanks for the reminder (kick in the pants). You are good people.

  8. Robert Lukenbill says:

    Trey I agree this is one of the hardest aspect of visitation. seeing people at the end of their life can be a mix of emotions. BTW-I love the old grumpy ones…they make me laugh!

    I do the meals on wheels in our community and just for a few minutes you can see people brighten up as you bring them something to eat.

    God bless brother!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for doing good and loving
    old people. Not many people have
    the ability or the compassion to care. Keep up the good work. gmj

  10. Gallagher says:

    Excellent! I figured you were going to say that other people starting requesting Free Bird!

  11. Haley says:

    That was a sweet story; I’m glad you were there to brighten Bennie’s day!!! I hope someone is there to shout a Happy Birthday song to me when I’m 96 😉

  12. Brie says:

    /sniffle.

    Get a kleenex icon or something, would you please? :)

  13. Maria says:

    It is the little things that make the greatest difference. Trey, you have given this sweet woman a precious gift that is priceless.
    Youe small act of love truly convicts my soul. God bless all the Treys of this world!

  14. Gator says:

    That’s the most beautiful story. You truly are an awesome person…your happy heart and free spirit shines through your words on this here little blog of yours and makes me smile everyday! Keep it up – you just made my day, again!

  15. karin says:

    You’ve all blessed me today! For the past 23 years I’ve worked in a long-term care centre. 20 yrs. as Volunteer Services Mgr.;3 yrs.managing independent housing with homecare services and now that I’m retired, I’m back half-time as Pastoral Care Assistant! I love our seniors – even the grumpy ones! What a blessing to have churches come to minister – not just around Christmas but all throughout the year.

    The seniors are so incredibly grateful. They love when children do a talent show. They enjoy an old-fashioned hymn sing. They appreciate when the church choir brings a program or when the youth group stops by to play board games. IMHO the long-term care centres ought to be a part of every church’s home missions program.

    May you be truly blessed for your compassion and kindness!

  16. Will says:

    Unless we die early, we will all be there. I hope somebody comes and visits me someday.

  17. Lana says:

    I’ve heard many people say that they don’t want to go to visit in a nursing home…that it’s just too depressing. I know I’ve thought that myself. Both of my girls are nurses and have at one time worked in a nursing home. They love the older people and were very kind to them. We need more people like you to go and visit and more nurses like them to take care of them.

    By the way, I hope you’ll come and visit me someday….my girls have already picked out my nursing home!!!

  18. Cornelius Crew says:

    What a sweet story. It makes me miss my grandparents, although, it reminds that I’m so glad that they are no longer suffering with the things that they did on earth.

  19. NB says:

    I’m sure she loved your visit!

    My grandma used to get so excited when she got visitors outside of the family. She gave every visitor a running record of all the others that visited that week – so she made everyone accountable. She was especially proud of preacher visits. :) She absolutely adored the little trinkets, (candy, magnets, bookmarks, pins, cards, crafts), that the children from churches would make and send.

    I recently lost my last grandparent. I miss those nursing home visits now, very much.

  20. Cornelius Crew says:

    BTW, saw your comment on shane’s blog about the “guns up”- But I would like to point out that they have beaten both your longhorns and his cowboys- So who’s the losers now?!! :)

  21. cwinwc says:

    Holy ground my brother. Thanks for making Bennie’s B/D special.

  22. westcoastwitness.com says:

    Nice post – my wife says you’re sweet.

  23. Lightening says:

    We need more men like you in the world Trey Morgan. Bless You! :) It does my heart good to read stories like this.

  24. Vernice says:

    Trey,

    Every now & then I will read your blog, I am catching up this morning.

    You have touched my heart this morning with this one, I love older people, both my set of Grandparents are gone and I miss them terribly. I should say Bennie god bless her has touched my heart also, #2 I love Birthdays in my family I always try to make the biggest deal of this day afterall this is the day God created us (with a little help on our part). Keep up the great work and we should always remember our precious senior citizens.

    Have A GREAT day, Vernice :) (Katie Prices Mom)

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