A poem, The open window

This is fiction with a tad of truth, remembering my day's as a nurse.

The old woman lying quietly in her hospital bed

Aware her time was near

Looking back through a veil of tears

Remembering loved ones

Especially her beloved Ned.

Together they journeyed through the time-span they graciously called life

Her happiest day

When he asked her to be his wife.

Their union brought forth five little angels

Charlie, Noah, the twins, John and Jake

And Andy. the rebel.

She remembered crying the day Andy arrived wanting a little girl so badly

Today she would never change one thing in the past

All the sorrow, the happiness

She would welcome again gladly.

The twins John and Jake sacrificed on the battlefield in a place called Vietnam

The memory of that dreadful day lingers vividly although it occurred forty years ago

Her boy's, so eager, so full of aplomb.

Her grandchildren, their pride and joy, Ned spoiled them rotten and so did she

They grew up surrounded with love and contentment

In a close-knit family.

The nurse entered her room, asking, " Do you need anything before i turn off the light? "

She smiled and answered, " Nothing, but can you spare a moment, i want to tell you about an old custom dating back to ancient ancestry, when one is ready to depart this earthly life.

A window is opened, allowing the spirit to take flight."

The nurse kissed her forehead, straightened her covers, fluffed her pillow and opened the window

Bidding her a peaceful goodnight.

Soon the curtain was softly blowing in the wind

Her spirit joining her loved ones

Forever hereafter heavenly intertwined.

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LA Elsen 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

Very lovely and beautiful. Hopefully a graceful and serene end for all of us someday. A beautiful representation of a woman's reflection on a life well lived. Voted up beautiful and awesome.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

What an enchanting story you have delivered via your beautiful poetry, Ruby. Thank you, my dear, this is one of your best! Voted way Up!

And a very happy, healthy although belated 'Happy Birthday' to you! May you celebrate many, many more.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I saved this for the morning so I'd be awake and able to appreciate it, and appreciate it I do. Lovely story. It speaks of character and serenity, dignity and love. Wonderful job, Ruby!


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epigramman 3 years ago

Good afternoon Ruby - a beautiful poetic composition and story from a beautiful lady behind the pen. Reminds me of my dad when he was dying from cancer and he only had a few days left and he took me by the hand and said - Son , I am so proud of you - and I felt so humbled. Why would he say such a thing like that? He was dying and he could've said anything but he said that and I will never forget that moment just like I can forget something so beautiful in which you have written here.

lake erie time ontario canada 1:15pm and sending you warm wishes from Colin and George and Tiffy and Gabriel


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

Ruby, I love this touching story and the song is appropriate as well. The poetic writing that revealed the thoughts of the dying. The painful loss of sons, and the great love of the family touched by heart. You did an awesome job writing this hub.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello La Elsen, Many times i have listened to patients who relived their life story when they were near death. to me it is beautiful that they wanted to share. Thank you for a lovely comment...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello drbj, I'm thrilled that you liked this. I loved writing it. In my thirty four years of nursing, i witnessed unbelievable stories of faith and an actual longing for a reunion with loved ones who had gone on. Thank you for the happy birthday wishes. ( I stopped counting..) lol


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Beautiful, Ruby! And interesting: that a window has to be opened for a spirit to 'fly away'.

And so we will all, sooner or later, join our loved ones who are already on the other side :)

Voted up and beautiful!


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

What a beautiful expression of love. To depart in such a manner is everyones desire, leave a window open and let our spirit soar to our departed loved ones to join them in the glorious hall of our Lord. Death should never be looked upon as fearful, consider it a calling we all have to answer to. A beautiful poem dear poet, it moved me much.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Beautiful story Ruby. Reflections of life, love and loss before a serene passing to join her loved ones.

A belated happy birthday


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Bill, So happy you enjoyed this. I thought it was a beautiful cultural tradition and yes, serenity and dignity was evident with no fear. Thank you for appreciating my poetry....


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

How lovely! You have written this so beautifully and sensitively. I enjoyed it very much.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Epi, What a beautiful story concerning your father. He surely loved you very much. What is so wonderful, you have a special memory to hold close to your heart. Thank you for supporting me and your praise brings joy to my heart...


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tlpoague 3 years ago from USA

I felt a great sadness and yet joy over her passing. Sad that she has moved on from this world, but joy over crossing over into a new journey. I have heard some many wonderful stories from the elderly I use to work with. It always was difficult to let go when they moved on. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Pam, Thank you so much. I am sure you have some wonderful stories to tell from your nursing days. I am happy you enjoyed the song, one of my favorites...


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Ruby, your life experiences have made you so rich. This is a beautiful story, sad and beautiful.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martie, That's what i love about different cultures, we can learn from them all, and yes, we all will be joining our loved ones someday. I would like to think someone would open my window. Thank you for the beautiful vote...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vincent, I am thrilled that you were moved by my poetry. Your comment is dear to me and yes, we should have no fear of leaving this earth. It is just a short stop on our journey to a wonderful homecoming with loved ones. Thank you my poet friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Rosemary, She did have a serene passing and she was eager to go be with her husband and boys. She touched me deeply. Thank you my friend...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Blossom. Happy to see you. Thank you. I am happy you enjoyed it..Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello tlpoague, Happy to see you. I feel the same. I was always sad when i lost a patient, but when they expressed their desire to go, it was much easier to let go. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me....


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, Thank you. I do believe i was allowed to know many people who had a story to tell while i was a nurse. Like i have always said that the experience was ' the good, bad and the ugly.' Thank you for thinking this story is beautiful and sad, because that is exactly what it was...


Vickiw 3 years ago

This is a very beautiful poem Ruby. The vivid writing takes one gently into that room, and the touching time of passing on when someone is ready. Very lovely writing.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Bravo! So full of meaning and inspiration. Congratulations and thank you,


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Movie Master 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem with us Ruby, truly lovely.

Voting up.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

So heart tuggingly beautiful Ruby.

I loved it and vote up,across and share.

Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

If they let you click awesome, I would have over and over and over and over . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and over


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vickiw, So nice to see you, Thank you for the lovely comment..Cheers.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Martin, You are welcome..Happy you were inspired...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Lesley, Happy to share with you. Thank you for the lovely vote...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Eddy, So glad you enjoyed. Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Fossi, Thank you my friend. I read your comment over..................and over......................................................................................and over..

Cyber Hug(***


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

The poem is so graciously written that it could evoke the true emotion in me. Made me remember my parents who always ask us over phone "when would you come here........?"

Voted up, beautiful, awesome and sharing with my friends here.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

always exploring,

thanks for the beautiful poetry that you have here

i really appreciate it and understand and feel the

message that it presents to others.

thanks and voted up


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

Ruby,

Life undulates over pain and pleasure, happiness and sadness.

This poem is a reminder on what the life is about.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello radhikasree, So nice to see you again. Happy it brought a memory of your parents calling. Thank you for sharing...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello torrilynn, Nice to see you. Happy that you saw a message in this. Thank you for telling me...Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vinaya, I agree. Life is a mixture of happiness and sadness. The key is to move with the flow eventhough it may be rocky. Love your comment..Thank you...


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good morning, Ruby (Indonesia time). You have beautiful poem here. I am glad to know this from you. Keep it up, my friend! Voted up and take care!

Prasetio


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Prasetio, Good to see you. Thank you for coming to my page. Take care...


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carolinemd21 3 years ago from Close to Heaven

Hi Ruby beautiful writing. I loved it. Thank you for sharing something from your days as a nurse. :)


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"I'll fly away..."

I just read a student paper where a nurse wrote how she would open the window of the hospital room during post-Mortem care...such a beautiful practice...

Much like you, both as a nurse and a writer, Ruby. Your work reaches deep into my soul, as do your song choices.

Hope you had a fabulous birthday. Hugs, Maria


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

A beautiful story from a beautiful lady, Ruby, God bless


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Caroline, Happy to see you. Thank you, glad you enjoyed..Take care..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mar, You tell me the sweetest stories about your student nurses. I hope they know how lucky they are to have you teaching them. I am thrilled that my poems/stories touch you. Thank you so much for telling me. I have always loved this song, i can remember my grandmother Minnie singing it. Another year older...Yuck..Hee


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello girishpuri, You are always so kind with your comments. Thank you so much..God Bless.....


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Very touching and deep. It made me think of someone special. I always used to wonder how her last moments were, what she was thinking etc.

Wow... you have a way with words Ruby.

Have a blessed week. xx


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Elena, I am happy that this made you think of someone special. Your comment makes me happy, thank you for telling me. Take care my friend and have a blessed week too xx


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

ruby..oh dear... this is really beautiful..i feel sad though but this is life, one day, i will also have to say goodbye.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

I agree with drbj-one of your best, Ruby. A lovely poem and inspiration to take time for another, especially at their time of death. Thanks for sharing your talent. UP/A/B and sharing.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Spy, Thank you for coming by my page, happy you thought it was beautiful. We will all have to say goodby but we'll be happy until that time arrives...Cheers..


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Denise, Good to see you. Thank you for a beautiful comment..Take Care...


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blaise25 3 years ago from close to you...

So touching and so beautiful. Is there another life outside the window? Hope she could live another heaven like the one she had lived here.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello blaise, Thank you for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment. I hope she joined her loved ones in haven, wherever that may be...Cheers..


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Your poem touched my heart, so beautifully expressed. It is a really sad moment when one has to depart. Great poem, voted up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur, Thank you for the beautiful comment, happy it touched your heart..Cheers..


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a beautiful poem. Up and beautiful.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Gals, good to see you again, happy you enjoyed...Cheers.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Rubyyyyyy - you must check out my reply to you and Amy at The mysteries of the heart . George says Hi - he just came out of the shower strumming his gee-tar , Ruby, and I said George J. be decent there's a lady in this room and her name is Ruby my dear.

And George with too much moonshine in him said - that's an odd middle name , Colin. lol


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Epi, I saw that remark, you love us both, how sweet, and you know that we both love you dearly. I hope George is not playing an electric gee-tar and him wet from a shower, get a towel and wipe him off, oh lordy! just the thought..Hee..I don't remember if you read, " Penthouse obsession ? I put Thelonious Monk's Ruby my dear video on. Take good care of George Epi, he's getting old...Cheers...


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Beautiful and touching and even though I knew how it would end, I was compelled to read it from start to finish.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello toknowinfo, I am glad you read it from start to finish. Thank you so much for leaving a touching comment....


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daydreamer13 3 years ago

I can't think of anything else to say except Wow! Love this!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

You said enough to make my day! Thank you daydreamer13...


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

Beautiful poetry Ruby, and written with a touch of the heavens. Thanks for sharing this awesome talent of yours to write the most awesome poetry with realistic life value and true impact from within.

Thumbs up and you know the rest :)


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Sad, and yet beautiful. Hits very close to home.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Mike, I am pleased that you enjoyed this piece. You are so very kind with your comments. Thank you...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello wayne barrett, Happy to meet you. This was a sad write for me too. Thank you for coming by....


dreamseeker2 3 years ago

No one likes to think about death, but it happens. You have put it into a better light. (an open window concept of peace). Thanks for sharing your sad, but impowering hub, Ruby. Voted it up!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello dreamseeker. Happy you thought it was impowering. Death is just another extension of life..Cheers my friend..


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Ruby, you're such a beautiful writer and poet. I knew I probably missed a few during my 5 month absence, so here I am. Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared. This was touching and I believe life doesn't end here on earth.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, Thank you so much for words of encouragement. I am happy you liked this. We share the same beliefs. Thank you for sharing...


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

I went ahead and shared this on Facebook as well Ruby. I was thinking, it must be really hard on those in the medical field, having to deal with sickness and death. Emotionally, it would be a tough job.

My father-in-law passes away from mesothelioma in March 2012. The night of his death, he was calling out to his dad and ex-wife, telling them he wasn't coming. Both his dad and ex-wife are dead. I truly believe he saw them, on more then just one occasion. I know many other reports have stated this also.


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Susan Recipes 3 years ago from India

Thanks for sharing this lovely poem. I super liked it. Voted up.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Ricky, seems like i missed anther hub comment, so sorry. Thank you for sharing this piece on FB..I appreciate you. We share beliefs!!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Susan, Thank you for reading my old hubs. I am happy that you enjoy my poetry. Cheers..


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Beautiful, yet sad..... So touching! Your poem is bound to grab everyone's heart who reads it. Thanks for sharing, Ruby. Voting up and everything.


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Phyllis Doyle 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I do not know how I missed this poem -- it is lovely. Beautiful. I am so glad I saw it, thanks to LaThing's comment.


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Wow Very lovely and beautifully written.I like it,thanks!


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello LaThing, So nice to see you again. Thank you for coming by..Happy you enjoyed...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Phyllis, I am glad you found it too. Thank you kindly for a lovely comment...


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello James. I am so glad you liked my poem. Thank you for visiting my page...


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Dear Ruby - You have written so many amazing poems. This is my favorite. (I say this each time I read a poem of yours.) The story is personal and tender with a message of being together again with loved ones. I want my son to be waiting for me, to greet me with a smile and one of his warm hugs. Thank you my fabulous friend. Voted up and away and sharing!


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

A very touching story of family, love, sadness, joy, life and many more. You spilled this in a most heartfelt manner. No wonder, if it could be lived again, you will gladly take all the frills. Life is beautiful when it is well lived.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh Audrey, i'm sitting here crying like a baby. The thought of you losing your son breaks my heart. If there is a heaven you will be greeted with the warmest hug. God bless you dear one..


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Tandi. Life is beautiful when it is well lived, beautiful comment. Thank you my faithful friend.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Oh...Ruby, I love nurses that have a caring heart. Very touching. I wondered why the windows were opened when someone passed away.

Voted up ABI and shared

Blessing and ((((hugs))))

Shyron


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This was beautiful, very touching.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

These were really touching words Ruby. It was awesome. I voted it up and pinned it.

Kevin


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Shyron. It is a custom in some cultures. I love the idea. Isn't it wonderful to have the faith to believe in the unknown. I have seen this faith many times and it always gave me a sense of serenity. Thank you my friend. Hugs galore....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello FlourishAnyway. So happy to see you, thank you for the beautiful comment....


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Kevin. So glad you thought this piece was touching. Thank you for an awesome comment...


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nighthag 2 years ago from Australia

its a true gift of love to have a listening ear for those that await that last moment, in a world where everyone is busy all the time to simply sit and hear is a special thing indeed...

this was beautiful


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

I'm so glad you liked this nighthag. Thank you for a thoughtful comment..


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manatita44 2 years ago from london

Quite touching! I feel your nursing spirit. You and I - no one will say so, I'm saying it on our behalf - we will get extra merits in Heaven. Not yet, but you know what I mean. God's peace to you.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Helo manatita. I did love nursing, as i'm sure you did too. I know what you mean and i love the thought. Thank you..

God's peace to you.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

I just listened to the video. My, oh my, we used to sing that song in church, when I was growing up. Some of the older people would get

so happy they would clap their hands in time. I was perplexed as to

why they seemed to be feeling such joy. Today, I better understand

that they were actually looking forward to getting to heaven to join

those who had already passed over. Before my mother died, she was

so excited because she could see her Dad who had died when she was

48 years old. I knew he had come to escort her over to the other side.

I am familiar with the "open window" belief. You brought it to life beautifully in this lovely story. May we all pass peacefully, in the middle of the night.

Blessing to you, Ruby.

DJ.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Oh my, your comment is heartfelt and beautiful. Knowing you will see all your loved ones again makes leaving this earth a journey of anticipation. The open window was a totally new concept for me. I love the idea.. Thank you so much..


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Came back to read again, beautifully expressed form the heart.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Vellur. It's rare that someone comes back to reread an article. Thank you so much..


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Charito1962 15 months ago from Manila, Philippines

Touching poem, Ms. Ruby! It's nice to read how one passes on, leaving behind a fruitful life.

Thanks for the beautiful message conveyed!


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello Charito. She left this world knowing she would see her family in heaven. What a wonderful feeling that must be. Thank you for coming by...


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DzyMsLizzy 15 months ago from Oakley, CA

What a lovely poem; a tear-jerker, for sure.

I believe spirit energy can pass through solids, which is a good thing, given that modern hospital windows don't usually open, I suspect to prevent suicidal patients from leaping out...

At any rate, you captured the scene well. As a nurse, you came into contact with this sort of thing far more often than the rest of us do. For myself, as I age, I find my thoughts turning more and more to wondering when and how my "time" will come. I guess that's why this was a tissue-prompt for me.

Well done.


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always exploring 15 months ago from Southern Illinois Author

Hello DzyMsLizzy. I find my thought's thinking the same as you as I age. I worked in a nursing home in Houston, Tex. where an old man leaped from a second story window causing instant death. I was not on duty when it happened. All he had to do was remove a screen. The facility was in dire trouble when I left for another position. I'm so glad you came to read this. Thank you for a well done comment....


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manatita44 15 months ago from london

Very touching, Ruby. Interestingly, I initially thought of an esoteric window, until she did the most practical and simple thing. Touching and serenely beautiful at the same time.

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    I am a writer of poetry and fiction. I especially love flash fiction. My name is Ruby, and I live in Southern Illinois. I am a retired R.N.


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