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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Gift for Nadine


A Gift for Nadine.. by Balisha
A small tree stands near St. Mary's front door..
It's decorated with tags and nothing more.
People who need gifts for Christmas this year..
Will have a nice present and nothing to fear.
Nadine is the one whose name that I picked..
She wanted a sweatshirt...I had better be quick.
I wanted to paint it...to make it special you know..
I wanted to see her wrinkled face all aglow.
This kind of a thing brings me so much joy..
It's better than giving a small child a toy.
The old are forgotten and really are sad..
This time of the year it's especially bad.
Nadine's not forgotten and she'll get a surprise..
When I take her the gift she'll have joy in her eyes.
And I will just sit there and soak up the love..
And say a wee prayer to the Lord up above.
A prayer full of thanks for letting me be..
Here to celebrate Christmas with a friend near the tree.



Here it is...all done and ready to go. It is a gift for a lady who I don't know...She is in Neighbor's Nursing Home here in Byron. I picked her name from a tree at Church. Every person in the nursing home will receive a gift from our Church. it's something that we look forward to every year. There are also gifts purchased for children on another tree. One year I took a gift and went over to visit the lady, whose name I chose. I took her a gift and a Chinese takeout box of tiny cookies. The nurse directed me to the lady, who was in the activity room, sitting at a table. I felt funny taking her a gift and not the other ladies at her table. When I started to talk to her, I realized that she had Alzheimer's disease. She couldn't talk to me...just smiled. She reminded me so much of my Mother. It was like it was meant to be. I solved the problem of what to do about the other ladies...we opened the box of cookies and shared them with the others. When I did that, the lady whose name I had, broke out into a huge smile. She loved the colored foil that was around the cookies. We took it out of the package and let her have it.She just fingered it and smelled it...it crinkled and she enjoyed it more than the lotion that I brought her. I stayed for quite awhile...until it was lunch time. I'm taking my gift over this year... and will visit with Nadine. I hope I can make her Christmas a little merrier.
Balisha

7 comments:

garden girl said...

What a heartwarming post Balisha. Kudos to you, and your church community for making the holidays brighter for the nursing home residents. Bless you all.

garden girl said...

p.s - that's a beautiful sweatshirt! You're so talented!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

That sweatshirt will be loved! Your painting made it very special. What a wonderful thing your church is doing. Ours is doing something similar. This is such a nice time of year.
Thank you so much for stopping by, Balisha. Your visits are dear to me.
This year it is my own family that is in need...and we are all gathering together to help. Big families can be a blessing..
Hugs to you for all you give to others...
Mona

One Woman's Journey said...

Balisha, thank you for sharing.
You warmed my heart on this cool and cloudy day in Tennessee.
Blessings sent your way.....

Gail said...

That was a lovely story Balisha. The sweatshirt is a thoughtful and beautiful gift~I am sure she will appreciate it. Happiest of Holidays~~~gail

thesouthernlady64 said...

I know she will just love this gift and you made it especially beautiful for her. I had a lady paint one for me one time for Christmas and I cherished that shirt for years. I finally wore it completely out. I have always been fascinated with the Amish and she painted an Amish buggy surrounded by flowers on the front of my shirt. Doing that makes it so personal. You will have to let us know what she thought!

Barbee' said...

What a sweet story, Balisha. Bless your heart for being so kind and thoughtful! And, sharing your talents. That is beautiful!