A Tribute to a Special Friend
|Ms. Rose and Me this weekend|
Ms. Rose came into my life several years after the death of my Mother.
More of a friend than a mother-substitute,
she was witty, encouraging, spunky, and so very full of life.
I met Ms. Rose while caring for her husband.
Capable, caring, adept, quick to learn -
she soon assumed the dressing changes of her husband's wounds.
Although she'd had no formal nursing training, it came natural to her.
Not afraid to take on challenges, Ms. Rose was no shirker.
After the 2009 ice storm, although in her 90's, she could still wield a chainsaw,
and cleaned up much of the fallen limbs herself!
|Rose and Hal|
Rose's husband, Hal, had been in the entertainment business.
On my nursing visits he never failed to make me smile
and brighten my day with a funny story, no matter how badly he felt.
On his good days, he'd even have Rose get out his autoharp,
and he'd sing for me.
Soon after her husband died, Rose moved out of state to be near family.
I have missed her, and think of her every time I drive by her road.
What a beautiful surprise to have a visit from her this weekend!
She is still very independent at the age of 96,
but is blessed to have loving family check on her every day.
If I live to be as old as Ms. Rose,
I hope I am as fully alive as she is!
More than a kindred spirit,
she is a most unforgettable woman
whose influence challenges me to be my best!
(Shared by permission of Ms. Rose)
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