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I remember seeing her sitting there at a table in the recreation  room of the nursing home, staring out the window.  As I passed by, she looked my way, so I smiled and waved and she waved back.  Since I was there as a volunteer, visiting anyone that would like a little company, I walked over and introduced myself.

“What is your name” I asked.

She replied “Florence”.

I sat down and commented on how beautiful the trees beyond the window were with the sun filtering through the branches.  That is when I discovered that Florence was trapped within the walls of dementia.  She started to talk and most of what she said was gibberish.  I was only able to pick up a few words that allowed me to make comments.  For the most part I just sat and smiled, nodding my head from time to time.

We sat for about a half hour during which time Florence talked non stop.  When I got up to leave, she waved and again began looking out the window.

Several weeks and several visits passed and I did not see Florence.  Then a few weeks ago, as the staff was assembling the residents in the recreation room for an activity, I looked at the faces in the room and there was Florence.  As we caught each others eye, she smiled and yelled “Hi”.  I walked over to her and she held out her arms and we shared a hug.  I say shared because I don't know if I gave one or got one.  Probably both.  

Since that day, I have seen Florence occasionally on my weekly visits. Each time I am the recipient of a smile and a hug.  I don't know who she may think I am, but she is always glad to see me.  And if that, for just a little while, makes her happy, then I am happy too. Sometimes it is just easier to communicate with your heart.

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  1. Date: 6/30/2012 8:36:00 AM
    Hi Bob my gran had dementia she never knew who we were but she loved us as her brothers and sisters not her grandchildren, nice write keep up the good work, the world need more people like you in it, all the best owen

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 6/30/2012 10:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Owen. We will never know what is trapped inside. All we can do is provide a little love and attention.
  1. Date: 6/15/2012 10:54:00 AM
    some soul connection here, bob... your work shines with such sentimental appeal!.. is florence real?? :) huggs!

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 6/15/2012 2:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    She is indeed. Saw her again today
  1. Date: 6/13/2012 9:03:00 AM
    sometimes in life all we need is really someone to listen,talk and laugh with.thanks for being an angel,it will always keep you happy,great write Bob,need your wise comment on a poem I posted,Laugh out Loud,thanks

  1. Date: 6/12/2012 6:12:00 PM
    very nice writing my friend , i like it very much

  1. Date: 6/11/2012 9:21:00 AM
    Lovely work Bob, i want to be your friend. I am JIMMY from Africa, Specifically Liberia. I love writing poems myself but still going under the learning process. my email is : or call me on +231 886 669808. I welcome criticism and corrections as well. thanks

  1. Date: 6/8/2012 5:16:00 PM
    Convalesence Homes or Nursing Homes are sad sometimes but if one gets to know the patients there, they become so real and part of our lives..Great work and great topic..Great human compansion that you have shown in this work..Sara

    Quigley Avatar Bob Quigley
    Date: 6/10/2012 8:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Sara. And you are right. They are people too.
  1. Date: 5/29/2012 5:52:00 PM
    Very nice work here bob, well done, i'm new to this site but I have been writing poetry for a long time, check out my poem I posted I'd love to here what you think, awesome job here poet

  1. Date: 5/29/2012 5:51:00 PM
    Bob; what a beautiful story/poem you have written. It is very sad to know someone luke that, but it hurts more when it happens in our own family. My sister inlaw had that before she died. thanks for sharing this with us. Lucilla

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 11:44:00 AM
    So sweet Bob, always a warming hug....lovely....I send one for you to - oxox hug Anne-Lise

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 10:26:00 AM
    awesome ,

  1. Date: 5/24/2012 8:37:00 AM
    heart to heart. Your poem is touching, and with a bit of truth in it's ending. Lovely. hugs, Catie :)