The other day I walked in the door after work and Mom was sitting at a table near the door. She looked up at me, beamed and began to clap her hands.
It was delightful. How often do you get a round of applause just for walking in the door? Somehow it felt just about right after an exasperating day at work.
But it made me think about how many of us could do with a little applause. We work in quiet ways in our homes or offices without a moment of public appreciation. I began to picture the applause that all of us caregivers in particular deserve.
Picture it with me. You survive one more day of caregiving. In your moment of finishing the day exhaustion, you watch a symphony hall worth of people leap to their feet to give you the standing ovation you deserve, just for today.
June 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm
You have the most positive attitude toward your life. You and your mother share a relationship that seems remarkable. As a daughter, I envy you. As a mother, I aspire to be your mother (minus the dementia if possible, but even with that cost in the equation)
June 11, 2015 at 9:06 pm
My mother would be so proud to read these words! One of her greatest goals was to stay positive and to raise her kids to be positive. Your words make me think she might have been successful!
June 11, 2015 at 9:32 pm
:)Beautiful Post…clap, clap, clap…encore…encore!
June 12, 2015 at 4:51 am
Lovely. I like the sound of the applause!
June 12, 2015 at 2:59 pm
I’m giving you a standing ovation from my desk in Redmond, Washington. Bravo!!!
June 12, 2015 at 11:20 pm
I shared this with my nursing office today. As a daughter and nurse, there are days I wish for applause. Maybe once a week? My applause was my love pats from mom. I miss her immensely. Six weeks.
June 13, 2015 at 10:40 am
I hope you don’t mind that I have reblogged this, I will remove it if you wish. But, I wanted to share a little deserved applause with others.
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June 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm
Love it, we do this at work when someone retires, we all clap as they take the elevator down for the last time. I’ve always liked that tradition. But we could certainly use a round of applause more often!
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June 16, 2015 at 9:44 am
Thanks to Boomer98053, I was able to read this lovely post. Well done, my friend!