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The Orchid - Week 4 for Project Good Thoughts

Updated on January 20, 2017
I found the Orchid blossom, where Mom had placed it in her poetry book and I sealed it in plastic and scanned it to have a picture for the poem then gave it to my brother
I found the Orchid blossom, where Mom had placed it in her poetry book and I sealed it in plastic and scanned it to have a picture for the poem then gave it to my brother
I just bought this orchid.
I just bought this orchid. | Source

Memories and good thoughts.

A poignant memory of my mother and an orchid given to her by my brother.

These are sad but good thoughts to add to the Project Good Thoughts, created by Joana "Grace" Goldsmith, to re-enforce the good words that she gave us.

Jo/Grace gave us the good words to encourage us to realize the meaning of those words and to live and practice them daily in our thoughts and deeds... so that they would be become a part of who we are, and we would share those words, especially with Humility and Kindness.

When Grace started the "Good Words Project" I agreed to write a poem for each word she gave us weekly for a whole year.

From the Nursing Home to the Hospital

Mom was sent to the nursing home for rehab after a fall, then she got sick at the nursing home and was sent to the hospital.

The nursing home administrator called me to come and take Mom to the hospital and to take her things away, that when she comes out of the hospital she would either go home or to another rehab facility.


Let's just run away!

Mom was all smiles when I walked in the door, she had packed her things in boxes and set them on the floor. I took them out to the car and packed them inside.

When I went back inside, mom said: Don't forget my orchid. A beautiful orchid was sitting on the shelf and when I went to take it down one of the blossoms broke off and fluttered to the floor.

I thought Mom would be angry, but she wasn't. She was very sad and looked as if she were about to cry.

When we arrived at the hospital, the paperwork was taking so long Mom said to me: "Let's run away!" I asked her, what would my husband do without me?

I had applied for assisted living for her and she was accepted. She was sent to a new nursing home to wait for her apartment to be prepared.

In September of 2004 the day before Mom was to go to the assisted living apartment, she passed away.



Blossom from the Orchid

As we took Mom's belongings from the nursing home, I found Mom's poetry book and opened to read some of her poems, and found the orchid. I carefully took the blossom and sealed it in plastic and gave it to my brother with the following poem that I wrote.


The Orchid

© by Shyron Shenko – September 2004

My brother gave an Orchid to my mom

An Orchid as purple as a plum

With its blossoms on long and slender reeds

Except for the blossoms it would have been a weed


When Mom was sent to the hospital

The rehab administrator, on that very day

Told me, "Take your mother's things away

And I packed her things into my car for another hospital Stay


I helped mom move some of her things into a room on the third floor

Like her book of poetry, but she did not want much more

And as we walked in the door

The Orchid blossom broke and fluttered to the floor


I said to Mom, I have broken it

And expected her to have a fit

Instead she breathed a heavy sigh

I knew she was trying so hard not to cry


I sat the pot on the dresser; the orchid only had two blossoms left

Mom said please put it up there on the shelf

As the broken one from my hand she gently took

And placed it in her poetry book


So... My brother here is what I'll do

I have sealed it in plastic and I am giving it to you!


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© 2015 Shyron E Shenko

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      Shyron E Shenko 13 hours ago from Texas

      Peggy, thank you for the comments and a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

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      Peggy Woods 17 hours ago from Houston, Texas

      What a beautiful poem Shyron about a poignant memory regarding your dear mom. That orchid was obviously cherished by your mom and can now continue to be by your brother who gave it to her in the first place thanks to your efforts.

      Perhaps your mother's wishes of "Let's run away!" were granted. She ran straight into the next life avoiding that assisted living space reserved for her in this one.

      Blessings to you. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment, pin and comment, I do appreciate you my dear friend.

      Blessings and hugs, hope you are staying dry and warm.

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      C E Clark 10 months ago from North Texas

      A wonderful story and poem. Another one of my favorites. As it is already pinned to one of my Purple boards, I am now going to pin it to Awesome HubPages. Happy New Year!!

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      Shyron E Shenko 16 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, and compliment.

      I do hope all is well with you

      Many Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

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      C E Clark 16 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this excellent poem again. Your brother is so lucky to have this keepsake. Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 18 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. I am enjoying the cooler weather.

      Take care, and Blessings and hugs.

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Sharing this beautiful poem again.

      Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather as it's due back in the mid 80s and ABOVE in just a couple of days. :( Take care . . .

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      Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the compliment, comment and sharing.

      I looked in the spam folder there are two and they are not yours they belong in the spam folder. But I do see this comment and I thank you for it.

      I hope all is well with you and that you are surviving the weather.

      Blessings and Hugs and take care my friend.

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      C E Clark 23 months ago from North Texas

      Thought I would bring attention to this beautiful poem again. Sharing of course.

      It's strange the way comments are acting this afternoon. The last one showed here even after going to a different page, but it wouldn't show in the feed. Now it won't show at all. I'm not aware of you having your comments on approval, and if you do, then why did my comment show the first time even after I left this page, but not later?

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Devika for the compliment and comment.

      Blessings and Hugs, hope all is well with you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful hub! One should always appreciate what they do for others.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Flo, thank you for the comments yes small RAKs can/do resonate. I do hope you, your parents and grandparents are well.

      Blessings and hugs.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Small acts of kindness can mean the world. This was touching. With my own parents and grandparents aging (some, it seems, more quickly than others) I am aware how even small gestures can resonate.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Vellur, for your comment, I really appreciate you.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great tribute to your mom, beautifully written. Touched my heart.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Marlene, thank you so much for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Ann for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings and Hugs dear friend

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      The memories you shared here are so special and your poem is truly beautiful.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What lovely memories and beautiful thoughts. Isn't it amazing how an object can evoke so much?

      Beautiful hub, Shyron.

      Ann

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Suzette, thank you so much for the compliment, and comment. You are so appreciated.

      Blessings and Hugs.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Ruby, thank you for the compliment, comment and for sharing this.

      You are a gem and not just because you are a Ruby.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Jo (tobusiness), thank you for your condolences and thank you for the comments, I am glad you were touched by this.

      Blessings and hugs to you

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      "Let's run away" I love it! This poem is beautiful and a single orchid can bring so much beauty and peace to the soul.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poem is beautiful and heartfelt. It brought back memories of my mother's death and the rose I put in her bible. Thank you for sharing your gift of poetry and love...Hugs..

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I'm so sorry about your Mum's death just as she was about to embark on a new adventure. This touching and beautiful poem shines with much love.

      Hugs and best wishes to you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Frank, thank you for the compliment, comment, up votes, I really appreciate you.

      Blessings my friend.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      The poem is amazing.. strong.. touching and mostly unforgettable.. voted up and awesome my friend ...:)

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Patricia, thank you so very much for the reminder of special moments and thank you for the Angels. Yes those memories are special, as Shauna (bravewarrior) reminded me of another memory, (the day the angel came).

      The flowing tears will wash away the hurts of the day

      and give us rest when those hurts are put away.

      When the Angels arrive I will ask them to bring blessings and hugs right back to you my dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Larry, thank you for the visit and comment.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dana, thank you for the comment and compliment, I am honored that you soul was touched. I am sorry that you lost you mother, especially so young.

      I know that things that bring joy are often the little things that you happen upon unexpectedly.

      Blessings and hugs dear friend

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      John, thank you for the compliment and comments.

      I completely understand time constraints, although the invitation stands for when you find a spare minute or two.

      Blessings and Hugs dear John

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Sha, thank you for the compliment and comment. You are so welcome.

      I have often thought the same thing that you wondered, and you have brought to mind the day the angel came.

      Blessings and Hugs dear Shauna.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, thank you for the compliment and comment. Believe me I understand about not having the time, that is why it took me so long to answer your challenge.

      Thank you for the tears.

      Blessings and Hugs to you also.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Theresa, thank you for the compliment and comment. I am sure my brother appreciated it.

      Blessings and Hugs my friend

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Our last memories of really special moments are often fixed in our minds and offer comfort to us....this was such a poignant hub..in lite of all that has opened in my family recently I found tears flowing.

      Voted up+++ Know that Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Au fait, thank you for the comments and up votes and for sharing.

      We are working to get everything back on track.

      Hope all is well with you.

      Blessings and Hugs always

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Maria, thank you for the compliment and comment.

      You just have to look in the mirror to see someone who is beautiful inside and out.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderfully done.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Shyron, this poem really touched my soul. And, the story behind the poem was heartfelt. I know your brother was touched to know his mom treasured that Orchid he bought for her. My mother went home to be with the Lord when I was seventeen and its the simple memories that brings me the most joy.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a beautiful hub Shyron, and the poem touching. A lovely tribute to remember your mom by. I can't take up the challenge just yet but will try to do something for the "good thoughts" in the future.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a poignant memory of your mother! I wonder if her passing the day before she was to go to the nursing home was a conscious effort on her part.

      You gave your brother a treasured gift with this poem and the orchid your mom cherished. Thank you for sharing this gift with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so sorry, Shyron, but I don't have the time for this challenge. Maybe I can squeeze it in next week. I'll try. In the meantime, I'll have this beautiful story of love to think about. Very beautiful, Shyron...I had tears.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, how beautiful and poignant, dear Shyron. This made me think of my precious mother and her last days here on this earth. Your poem is lovely and I just know your brother appreciated it, especially with the orchid blossom with it.

      Peace and (((Hugs)))

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      So good for your brother to have a keepsake and to know how much the orchid meant to your mother. Pinned to my 'Purple 5' board, voted up and BAI. Will share of course.

      Hope all s well with you and John after a rough weekend. Blessings to you both. I hope you are both well and that nothing has happened to harm either of you. Take care . . .

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      These beautiful memories and your act of generosity to your brother go straight to the heart of the matter - you are beautiful, inside and out, dear Shyron.