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.”)