Mother’s Day 2011

 Happy Mother’s Day to everyone!!

Today I went to visit my mother who lives, unfortunately, in a senior citizens home. But the seniors made it such a life-affirming experience.

A man was performing, singing and playing an electric piano. He had serious hearing aids in each ear, but here he was, joyfully making music. He said he’s loved the same woman for 49 years. So he wasn’t young. But he had a smile on his face the entire time, performed for 1 and a half hours, told jokes, said a few bits about each song. He had a beautiful voice and gave us a great show.

The last song he played was ‘America, the Beautiful’. These seniors, at least half of them in wheelchairs, all of them infirm in some way, sang along. Many held a hand to their heart. One gentleman in a wheelchair saluted.

Honestly, it was so touching I started to cry. (I’m not known for being sentimental.)

On the way home, I heard one of my all-time favorite songs on the radio. Louis Armstrong, singing ‘It’s a Wonderful World’. He sang these words:

“I see friends shaking hands
Saying how do you do,
They’re really saying,
I love you.”

Those are wonderful words. Louis Armstrong lived during a time of pervasive racism. Yet he could sing this song with beauty and  meaning. That, to me, is a testament to the human spirit.

I wish all of you a wonderful day commemorating a day that is a testament to mothers everywhere. We know what we do.

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2 Responses

  1. Beautiful thoughts, Carly. Thanks for sharing this moving experience, and your family, with all of us. I hope your Mother’s Day is filled with lots of love.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. I don’t know why these seniors always move me, but they do. If they can keep a smile on their faces, sing their hearts out, it’s a good example for the rest of us.

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