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An Evening at the Home

Written: March 5, 2012 Updated: March 11, 2012 Listen to nurse's report including the news that Joe and Wilma like each other. Check all rooms and find that Roger is out of his bed and down on the floor again. (Hip not broken yet.) Answer Wanda's light to calm her justified paranoia because she knows that she is somewhere other than her home but just can't figure out where that is. Answer Jeremy's light to help him sip his water while he giggles at his favorite T.V. show. Accept his thanks and feel your heart break again to see a 45 year old man who can no longer control his limbs be so appreciative of such a small act of kindness...big act of kindness. Check on Jack even though he doesn't turn on his light because you hear suspicious noises coming from his room. Help Jack to bed after you find him swatting an imaginary fly with an imaginary fly swatter. Try to re-position Emma so that she is comfortable even though her limbs are fetal-position frozen. Kindly lie to yourself about her comfort so that you can control your guilt when leaving the room. Go into Jackie's room when she starts her usual screaming that "she doesn't want to be here, and her family hates her and that's why she's here." Kindly lie to her and control your shame because you know that what she is saying probably is true. Answer ex-model Mabel's light and listen to her story about how she could have married Groucho Marx, but that she married her true-love instead. Feel a sense of sad pride when Anna proudly explains to you how she keeps track of her day by tracking her activities as she would have for patients when she was a nurse. Keep taking care of and giving these people (not patients) love every chance that you get. Gail's notes: Portrait of Joe and Wanda is the sequel to this. To protect the privacy of those who have lived before us, the names have been fictionalized, and the events semi-fictionalized.

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Date: 12/11/2021 11:14:00 PM
Sorry my voice activated typing doesn't seem to understand me. Make that another sleepless night. and not A Mother. sleepless night. Smile here ??
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Gail DeBole
Date: 12/16/2021 4:23:00 PM
Hi Cal, Thanks so much for letting me know that you appreciate this poem! Take care and happy holidays! - Gail
Date: 12/11/2021 11:07:00 PM
Hi Gail, I love this poem An Evening At The Home. God bless you for your work. A Mother sleepless night, too much napping today so I am reading your beautiful poems. Keep writing there great. Cal Bambi
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Date: 12/28/2012 1:09:00 PM
Gail, congratulations with your poem featured on this awesome endings week of 2012. Wishing you the best of 2013 to come... luv * Linda
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Date: 12/4/2012 10:00:00 PM
Gail, you eloquently, yet tenderly led me through, just as you called it, an evening at the home. I worked as a volunteer in two different atmospheres in serving my Christian Ministry.... An Elder Care Center and Prisons. I felt love and pain in both. I felt hope and despair in both. What made the difference between them?.... Few people like you are found caring for prison inmates. God Bless you for your caring attitude.... Jake
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Date: 8/30/2012 10:23:00 AM
i worked in a care home for 9 years after my retirement, what a experience it was too. i love this Gail, wonderful to read.
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Date: 3/26/2012 1:57:00 PM
As I got to the end of this, tears in my eyes swelled,and I felt the care,and love with in your heart.It was so nice to see that their are still people out there that do have a loving caring heart.<3 And they don't just think of these people as livestock.Going to be one of my Favorites..Bless you!
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Date: 3/18/2012 11:54:00 AM
Great motion, with emotion. It's a nice reminder, that these people were not born old. Beautifully written Thank You.
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Date: 3/7/2012 12:23:00 AM
Gail, I love this poem. Most lines begin with strong verbs: "listen," "check," "answer," "answer," "accept," "check," "help," "try," "go," "answer," "feel," "keep." Then two very special lines depart from that, starting with "Kindly..." Your last two lines knock me flat: "Keep taking care of and giving these people (not patients) love every chance that you get." This poem weaves tenderness into a simple reporting style. Lovely. Thank you.
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Date: 3/6/2012 9:39:00 AM
this is very touching. it brought all these people (not patients!) to life. i love the caregiver's (your?) dedication to the people at the nursing home. a beautiful poem!
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Gail DeBole
Date: 3/6/2012 7:43:00 PM
I am glad you liked this poem - I was a caregiver many years ago in this respect. Thanks for your comments.