What About Bob?

In the six years that I have been visiting my mother in the Care Center where she lives, I have made many new friends that I may not have met on my own…

I’ve talked about Bob in previous posts… He is the man in the light-colored shirt pushing his sister, Annie, in her wheelchair into the dining room.



Bob is 87 yrs old himself, his wife died years ago and they never had any children. Bob’s sister has children, but they don’t come to visit their mother… Bob is devoted to his sister, and comes everyday, except Sunday, to visit his 88 yr old sister, Annie, at the Care Center. Bob has Parkinson’s himself, and has trouble walking, even with his cane… but he always manages to push his sister, Annie, to her table for lunch, and he feed her himself until just recently when she refused his efforts, so now he sits with her until one of the staff members come to feed her.

And, now, after Bob is sure his sister is settled, and going to be feed, he comes to the table where my mother has lunch. It started when our mutual friend, Joan, may she rest in peace, shared the table with my mother… Bob, Joan, and my mother would all sit at the same table for lunch, and became friends… Now Bob, my mother, and I have all become friends.

Well, I overheard Bob telling someone that today, Saturday, was his birthday. I was planning on visiting my mother on Sunday, but knowing today was Bob’s birthday, I decided to get some mini cupcakes to take to lunch today to celebrate Bob’s birthday….

OMG, I am so glad I did… he cried when I gave him those cupcakes… and shared them at lunch with my mother… At the end of lunch I asked him if I could give him a birthday hug… and he said “Yes, I would welcome that… ” So both my mother and I gave him a birthday hug and we left him smiling but with tears in his eyes… No telling how long it has been since Bob has had a warm, heartfelt hug…


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Dec 14, 2014 @ 02:38:45

    God bless you and your Mom for being so kind to Bob! When was the last time he had a heartfelt hug!
    We just don’t realize how lucky we are to have someone give us a hug or a gentle kiss on the cheek! I have always been a kissy, touchy person. That’s how I was raised but some people don’t growup in those surroundings or for some reason never have been told they are loved. So I would say today , you and your Mom must feel very good today to know you brought so much joy and feeling of love into Bob’s life especially on Bob’s birthday.


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 14, 2014 @ 22:08:01

      Thank you for your kind words Aunt Ellen. We really don’t have to look very hard at the Care Center to find someone that needs a hug, smile, kind word, or just someone to show they care… 🙂 Hope you and yours are enjoying every minute of this beautiful Christmas season. XoXo Virginia


  2. katsbynp
    Dec 15, 2014 @ 01:01:01

    What a wonderful post. You are so kind and thoughtful. Thank you for sharing..brought tears to my eyes. XoXo


  3. gotham girl
    Dec 18, 2014 @ 17:19:05

    Tears are flowing here! You are the most thoughtful human being that I know. So honored to have you as my friend! ❤️ xoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Dec 18, 2014 @ 21:53:52

      Well, now there are tears flowing here Frissy. Thank you for your kind comments. I find I don’t have to look too hard to find someone that needs a little TLC at the Care Center… just trying to play it forward for all the graces I have been given. xoxo


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