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Monday, January 30, 2012

Crabby Old Man


Keith A. Wells Sr.'s Photos
CRABBY OLD MAN

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in North Platte , Nebraska , it was believed that he had nothing left of any value

Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem . Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital

One nurse took her copy to Missouri . The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the St. Louis Association for Mental Health.. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this little old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.


Crabby Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . What do you see?
What are you thinking . . . . . when you're looking at me?
A crabby old man, . ... .. not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . .. . . . . . with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food . . .. . . . . and makes no reply .
When you say in a loud voice .. . . . .. 'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . ... . the things that you do .
And forever is losing . . . . .. . . . . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . . . . .. . . lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse . . . . . you're not looking at me .

I'll tell you who I am . As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, . . . . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten ... . . . . . with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters . . . ... . . . . . who love one another.

A young boy of Sixteen . . with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . . .. .. . . a lover he'll meet..
A groom soon at Twenty . my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows . . . . .. . that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . . . . . . I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . . . . .. . . . .. My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . . . . . . With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons .. . have grown and are gone,
But my woman's beside me . . . . . . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . my wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . .. . . . . . . shudder with dread..
For my young are all rearing . . . . . .. young of their own.
And I think of the years . . .. and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old man . . . . . .. .. . . and nature is cruel.
Tis jest to make old age . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. . . . . . . grace and vigor, depart..
There is now a stone . . . .. . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . . a young guy still dwells,
And now and again . . . .. . . . my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys . . . . . . . . .. I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . .. . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . . . . gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . . . .. that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people . . . . . . . . open and see.
Not a crabby old man. Look closer . . . see ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within . . . . we will all, one day, be there, too!

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The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart.

Friday, January 20, 2012

A Twinkle In Your Wrinkle

I absolutely love this. Read through completely.

This is wonderful…and the thought at the end is so true!





















Never look down on anybody, unless you're helping them up.

Please read the following quietly then send it back on its journey

To realize the value of a sister/brother,
ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize the value of ten years:
ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:
ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:
ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months:
ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month:
ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one minute:
ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
ask a person who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one--treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member: LOSE ONE.

Remember… hold on tight to the ones you love!

Do not keep this letter.

Send it to friends & family to whom you wish a good, long, happy, life.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Day Trip Sites




For a January 4, 2012 drive taking over 4 hours, I was surprised and relieved to have the roads be dry and the sun shining. The mountain peaks in the distance had snow on them and on occasions there was some seen along the sides of the road even going over the mountain pass but this made the travel so much nicer.




Once we got to my husband's appointment I fell in love with this bear statue and could not help but pull out the camera and snap a few shots. Love the purple colors used.





His appointment took around two hours and the kids and I explored a little shopping center close by for a few minutes and then spent time sitting outside as it was a nice day.



Again, the camera came out to take pictures of the sky with the clouds and sun as well as the tree. Wish there had been no cars parked along the curb as I would have explored more pictures getting the whole tree in the shots.


Sunrise Road Trip



We had to travel this past Wednesday to Missoula, Montana (about 4 hours away). Leaving very early in the morning afforded us the wonderful opportunity to see a splendid sunrise. Savannah Rose snapped these pictures while we were cruising down the highway at 70+ mph. Aren't they something? And, I didn't even do any touch-ups when loading them onto the computer.



We saw one person pulled off of the side of the road setting up a tripod to take some pictures. This made my husband say that when he retires he hopes to invest in a nice digital camera tripod set-up for himself, to be able to take pictures of landscape and wildlife. He is planning and 6 years will be blink before we know it.

Tea Time



I requested for Christmas a tea pot as a present from my family. This lovely little tea/coffee set was found at Sam's Club for under $20.

I have been enjoying tea time sitting at the dining table, especially with my youngest, Avery (age 12). We seem to be partial to peppermint tea currently but I have told him that we will try some other flavors real soon.



Here is hoping you have time in your busy day for a break and some communication time with those you love!!