Thoughts Tonight from G-Ma

I had a wonderful day watching my 91 year old Mother have a good day. I have been taking her a Christmas gift each day I go, that has been sent by relatives, humm... well my sister and my step-sister...so far seems to be all that care anymore.

The home she lives in is very good about entertaining the residents that make it possible for the corporation and caregivers to make a living, you must realize it is a corporation after all...

Today they had some women and there children , in Santa type clothes singing Christmas songs, dancing around with full skirts that flew up and out as they twirled themselves around. These too are special caring people...

Needless to say the elders all had big smiles. Though memories brought back last for a few moments, they are treasures to each of them. I am sure each of us has a memory we just will never let go of, one that brings a heart to a full beat , one that makes you smile, sigh in the wonder of the way you felt at that very moment. I do !

Actually only lately in my journey with my dementing Mother have I learned some of the true meanings life offers to us. Our minds are a very complex part of our being, and how it is effected during our lifetime is what makes us a genuine Older person. I see so much kindness and caring in the elderly, maybe because they are aware of the fact time is running out, they will soon be a memory , hopefully, to someone. I have the same feelings sometimes.

The children are so busy with their complicated life's that I don't see them so much anymore. Could be they are frightened of the end, of the true fact time moves on and waits for no one, as we all get older...we know two things for sure..we will pay taxes and we will die.

There is no guarantee that comes with being born, well maybe one...God loves us and has a plan if we just listen. Sometimes we don't hear till we are older and have been through the troubles of life, the things that make each of us unique, build our character, learning to LOVE with no questions asked, to trust one another and also realize that being old is a pleasure we have just once in our time here.

Well I just know that I am well aware of my age, and that I am so lucky to be in the shape I am in. Oh it isn't the perfect , slim body, wrinkle free skin, un-dye'd hair and stubborn ways set by being alone, no it is knowing I have lived a great life, experienced many wonderful things, but wanting more.

Funny how we wait so long to become what we always thought we were. My Mother brings out the best and the worst in me, which I am glad to be able to experience, to know I matter as she does to me...

Always follow your heart and be true to yourself, because you cannot love someone else unlessĀ  first you love yourself.

Thanks for listening to me think out loud...:O) Hugs G-Ma

In jest and on the less serious side...

What do you suppose she is thinking as she looks up to Santa???

  • Who are you?
  • Boy do you need a shave...
  • It's past my nap time, can we move a bit faster?
  • Aww... Thank You Santa Clause, I hope it is what I wished for
  • God Bless you, you did remember me :O)
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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

I am honored to be the first to leave a comment on this beautiful, touching hub. I can also relate to everything you've written here because I feel the same way about getting older and about my own mother's deteriorating mental and physical health.

I love how you closed this hub, "Always follow your heart and be true to yourself, because you cannot love someone else unless you first love yourself." How very, very true. Thanks for sharing your thoughts out loud.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Happyboomernurse.well I am just as honored that you are the first and also sorry to hear that you too are sadened by your Mother's age and health..It is a difficult time for us and believe me I go through it each and every day...

Not complaining just speaking what no one wants to talk about..well some anyways.God Bless you my dear and MERRY CHRISTMAS...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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Triplet Mom 5 years ago from West Coast

Aww G-Ma! Thanks for sharing your thoughts they are always so inspirational. Every time I read something of yours I feel the need to give someone close to me a hug. Wonderful thoughts as always keep em coming!!!


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Triplet Mom ...Thanks my sweet lady and I bet you will be having a fun time with the triplets..it all comes and goes so fast, though it doesn't feel that way when you are younger and so busy... My best to you and go give out those Hugs...MERRY CHRISTMAS :O) Hugs G-Ma


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

G-Ma: You are an inspiration to me now, and always have been. I am fully aware we are but temporary visitors in this planet, and sometimes it makes sad, and all that matters is love; this is what life teaches us throughout the years.

Touching hub and many hugs to you and your Mom. Seeing her picture reminds me of my own Mother.

Love,

Marie


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

VioletSun..Thank you my dear lady and yes it seems too short when you are older and like forever when young,but we all are on the same journey...depends on how we chose to travel that road...Thanks for your constant following and MERRY CHRISTMAS...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

Merle Ann you sure have a special way with words. This was very touching. I like that old song by the Byrds that said "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now"! Peace and Love!! Hope you have a great holiday! Tom


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Tom...Ha Ha isn't that the truth and much love to you on this Holiday..Have fun and remember me...ha ha I will be with some friends and my mom...baked cookies today and am serving a sweet and sour shrimp snack and then watch their young son open gifts...go see mom and then back for dinner..spoiled old gal...

I am sure you wanted to know all this, but the WINE made me do it...MERRY CHRISTMAS TOM...:O) HUGS Merlie


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

I'm happy to know it. I have a bit of a buzz tonight also. It's Christmas, enjoy. Love and Peace!! Tom


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

What kind of buzzz? wish we were buzz'n together..again ssshhhh...:O) HUGS ME


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

Wonderful thoughts about your mother. Yes, corporations after all, but you already know my thoughts on corporations, no matter what they run, they are best running objects and things, not lives. But I love the picture you included here so very much. Have a beautiful holiday all of you.


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funride 5 years ago from Portugal

Thanks for sharing such beautiful and truthful thoughts G-Ma... I believe everybody experienced (or will experience one day) those same feelings. We must enjoy every day like it was our last.

Merry Christmas G-Ma! Love you :)


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Tom Cornett 5 years ago from Ohio

This was beautiful G-Ma. My sister, Annie performs in nursing homes from time to time. She plays her guitar and sings old time songs for them. People who do things such as visit the elderly, feed and clothe the poor...are the greatest people on earth.

Have a wonderful Christmas! Big Hugs! :)


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

BobbiRant...Thanks for commenting and liking my picture of mom (?) and a MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU MY DEAR...:O) Hugs G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

funride..Hi Handsome and I so agree with you...Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas..God Bless and MERRY CHRISTMAS...:O) Hugs /Love G-Ma


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

Tom Cornett...Yes I so am in wonder of the wonderful people that come each week over and over to entertain the residents..from all phases of life it is so nice and the residents love it.

You and Tammy have a great CHRISTMAS...thanks for commenting :o) Hugs G-Ma


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k@ri 5 years ago from Sunny Southern California

G-Ma, You are a wonderful and beautiful woman! Merry Christmas! Love and Hugs :D


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Oh I think out load all the time and your Mom may live years yet with such good care, I sure hope she does and God watches over her.

Polly


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

KARI....AND POLLYANNALANA...Thank you both for your kind words...You are loving, wonderful ladies yourself..MERRY CHRISTMAS...:O) Hugs G-Ma


coffeesnob 5 years ago

G-Ma I love you! Praying God just blesses your socks off


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

coffeesnob...how sweet "bless my socks off" as He will Bless your sweet heart...HAPPY NEW YEAR my dear...thanks for commenting...:o) HUGS G-Ma


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cindizzj@yahoo.co 5 years ago from Northern California

That is awesome mom. give grandma a kiss for me and muah to you too. I love you and miss you.


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G-Ma Johnson 5 years ago from NW in the land of the Free Author

cindizz...thanks baby and I love you more...:O) Hugs Mom

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