I awoke this morning and published a story on another site that I write for about aging which can be read here The Beauty Mirror. Apparently, I was feeling my impending Easter birthday approaching. I also received a call from the local post office regarding an ongoing three-year battle I’ve been having with my mail carrier. She doesn’t believe she has to deliver the mail on a regular basis and I do. I was stressed and tired when Kali-Ma and I left for Cat Therapy.
When Kali-Ma and I walked into the dining room at the Medilodge Nursing Home the patients were celebrating Miss Helen’s 101 year birthday! What a joyous day and I couldn’t help but feel immediately happy.
Miss Helen rolled over to me in her wheelchair and said: “let me see the kitty, let me see the kitty!”. I told the story of Miss Helen and her cats in my previous blog The Rewards of Cat Therapy.
I asked Miss Helen: “What is the secret to living to be 101 years old?”
She replied: ” “Be good to everybody. Love everybody. Be nice to people. Everyone has something good in them, look for it.”
A little while later a nurses aide wheeled in a woman named Marta who didn’t speak any English. She told me that she came to see the kitty. I cuddled Kali-Ma in my arms and we went over her. The nurse translated her words and told me “she has never touched a cat and says she is very soft and beautiful”. Marta’s face clearly expressed all that she could not say to me, and it touched my heart deeply at the moment that she touched Kali-Ma.
Several other patients came and went when they heard Kali-Ma was there. We even took a stroll down the halls and patients came out of their rooms saying “I want to see the kitty”. I had an opportunity to visit with family members of another patient and even make some new friends. It was another rewarding Saturday afternoon.
As I was driving home Miss Helen’s words were ringing in my ears.
“Be good to everybody. Love everybody. Be nice to people. Everyone has something good in them, look for it.”
Somehow the battle with the US Postal Service didn’t seem so important anymore. Surely there are better things I can with my time. Perhaps we should put her Miss Helen’s words in our schools and other public places that seem to be in dire need of them now more than ever. Wise words from a wise woman.
Until next time….Happy Tails to You!