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.