Yesterday I brought my mom a few things out to her retirement residence. They have put everyone on lock down mode because of the health concerns right now. It’s understandable and it’s the right thing to do but people are having a tough time processing everything because all the changes happened so quickly. This morning as I talked to mom on the phone she was extremely agitated and she kept complaining that she wasn’t getting the usual things like her meal menus for each day and the daily schedule of events. And worse, she couldn’t get her early cup of coffee any longer and that was just the end of the rope for her patience. Apparently, she verbally lashed out at her caregiver who is possibly one of the sweetest ladies on the planet and it almost made her cry. As mom was sharing this with me I calmly reminded her that with all the rule changes going on, every single person in the facility was having to relearn everything and make do. Every person in there was doing their best and was also stressed about their own personal concerns. And as I reminded my mom, it was just a cup of coffee and she really didn’t need it to survive for that day. I felt her quiet down and then she realized that maybe being kinder and more patient might be the better way to act. And this winds around to all of us… while we are out doing necessary errands let’s all try to be more considerate toward others. People are scared right now and maneuvering through new realities. It’s hard, but maybe if we all just share a smile, say something kind, or pick up an item for a neighbor in need, we can help in even a small way. Such simple things can end up meaning the most to so many.
Take care of yourself too… Jana
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