St. Patrick’s Day

My mother asked me to come and join her for St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Care Center where she lives. When I arrived she was already in the activity room all decked out in her green outfit complete with a Happy St. Patrick’s Day crown.

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The room was decorated with all kinds of St. Patrick’s Day décor..

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 Cupcakes and some kind of green juice was being passed out to all the residents. The green shamrock on top of the cupcakes was a plastic ring meant as a little keepsake for the residents. However, it didn’t take long for one resident to put the ring in his mouth to get the frosting off the ring when some of the other residents with dementia etc. saw that and start trying to eat the plastic ring. Some of them were actually able to bite the plastic ring in half and were chewing on it before one of the staff members saw what was happening and was able to get them to spit the plastic out before they were able to swallow it. That ended the part about the residents keeping the rings… The rings were all immediately taken off the cupcakes and they were taken away from anyone that had one in their possession…

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When all the plastic rings had been collected, the residents were able to enjoy eating their cupcakes while they awaited the arrival of the man, Karl, that was to provide music entertainment in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Karl is a favorite among the residents and is a monthly regular. He sings Karaoke and really puts on quite the show… One resident, Linda, who resides in the lock down unit and was only allowed out to enjoy the music, and doesn’t usually even talk, got so excited she walked up to Karl and asked to sing with him. Karl was more than happy to let Linda sing with him however the music theme was supposed to be Irish songs. But Linda wanted to sing songs like, I heard it through the grapevine, Chain, Chain, Chain, and anything but Irish songs. Karl happened to know that Linda rarely ever talks and knew that this was a special moment for Linda, so he put his arm around Linda and they sang every song Linda wanted to sing. Linda got her groove on and really got down with her singing and dancing…Then after about four songs, she simply turned and danced back to her seat. And without hesitation, Karl started right in singing Oh Danny Boy which always brings me to tears but even more so then because I had just witnessed such a moving experience between Karl and Linda….God bless them both…!

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I have to say that was the best St. Patrick’s Day I’ve ever had…

Hope all of you enjoyed your St. Patrick’s Day too! 🙂

Stay Tuned!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Mar 18, 2015 @ 23:00:45

    Looks like a wonderful St Patrick’s Day they had for all. Love the pictures and the fun all the residents were laughing and enjoying the entertainment. Thank you for the pictures you shared. Your Mom just loves St Patrick’s Day.

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  2. gotham girl
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 02:10:32

    What a St. Patrick’s day! What idiot would allow those plastics rings! Just amazing…but glad you had fun! xoxo

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    • beyondcinderella
      Mar 19, 2015 @ 02:19:14

      Yes, Frissy, I said the same thing about the rings. I even told the Activity Director that they need to keep in mind when they have the whole Care Center population in one room they need to remember that a lot of the residents with dementia and other types of issues don’t know the difference between what looks like candy and what is simply meant as a keep sake. I said they need to not treat them like children but at least keep in mind that even in a daycare they think of what might cause harm to children and at least not put things in front of residents that might not know the difference… Love and hugs… xoxo

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  3. katsbynp
    Mar 28, 2015 @ 22:57:26

    It truly sounds like a wonderful St. Patrick Day sans the rings. Thank you for sharing Linda’s wonderful story. XoXo

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