Nothing of Monetary Value

Today, as I visited my mom at the Care Center, I was reminded once again how little it takes to make someone happy. To brighten the day of another. To make someone feel special, appreciated and loved.

You might recall my post from 10/5/12 titled Twix, where I talked about Sharon, one of the residents at the Care Center where my mom lives, and how she told me she absolutely loves Twix candy bars and dreams about them and can taste them in her mouth…Well, today I took Sharon her bag of Twix candy. But I didn’t want to just walk in and hand her the bag of candy. I wanted to make it a little bit special for her so I put the bag of candy in a pretty gift bag with tissue paper coming out the top and wrote a card telling her how special she is and how much I love visiting with her.

I wrote her name, Sharon, on the front of the card and when I walked into the Care Center, Sharon was sitting at her dinning room table and saw me and her face lit up as she said to her tablemates, “there is that beautiful girl who talks to me all the time”. Sharon can’t remember my name, but that matters not to me.

As I approached Sharon and she saw the gift bag in my hand she looked over at my mom’s table and said “your mom already left and is on her way down to her room. I’m sure she will be very excited to get the gift you brought her, what is it”? I handed Sharon the gift bag and told her the gift was for her and asked her if she remembered talking to me about her favorite candy? Sharon looked at me and said “Twix”! She looked at the card and told her tablemates “oh look, it says Sharon, that’s me” Sharon asked me if I would read the card to her which I did as she looked inside the bag and hugged the candy. As I read what I wrote on the card, tears rolled down Sharon’s cheeks as well as the cheeks of her tablemates. When I finished reading the card, Sharon grabbed my arm and pulled me down to her and put my face in her hands and kissed me saying “I love you, I love you so much”, and I told her I loved her too. All the money in the world couldn’t buy what the price of a bag of Twix candy bars gave me in that heart moment with Sharon.

After I left Sharon in the dinning room with her gift and her tablemates, I went on to find my mom and was told she had already been taken for her shower. So, I sat in her room to wait for her. As I looked around my mom’s room, I took notice of the little craft objects she’s made over the years and how she displays them so proudly in her room.

I started thinking how when you can’t have anything of monetary value, nothing of monetary value matter anymore. Simple objects become valued treasures. Like this doll her nurse, Judy, gave mom to keep her company after her roommate, Reha, died.

One of my mom’s most prized possessions, other than the photo of her and my dad, is this framed picture of her beloved dog, Beau, who now lives with my brother, Danny.

When mom finally returned from her shower, she was happy to see me and delighted to see I brought the big bag of candy for her to donate to the upcoming Halloween party. She asked me to take her to the activity room so she could deliver the candy to the activity director which I did.

In the activity room mom noticed this adorable scarecrow decoration that had just be set in place. I asked if she would like me to take her picture with the scarecrow and to my surprise she said “yes”! I also asked her if it would be alright if I post her picture on my blog site. After showing her what the picture looked like while it was still on my camera, she agreed.

This is my mom, with the scarecrow that caught her attention at the Care Center.


Little things really do mean a lot!

Stay tuned!

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lucie
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 07:31:03

    THANK YOU for sharing what a wonderful blessing you gave and received. Mom looks great and so does the scarecrow. When you visit again give her a big hug and kiss for me and let her know that I am always thinking of her. All of you are always in my prayer. XXXOOO Lucie


  2. gotham girl
    Oct 10, 2012 @ 17:38:58

    I so agree with you my sweet on how little things can make you so happy. What a treasure trove you have shown above! I can’t believe how much your mom has gotten involved in the care center. Fabulous for you! xoxo MORE!


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