Sunday, January 20, 2013
For the past 24 hours I've been dealing with grief from losing the 90 year old client I cared for and loved for the past 2 years. Yes, we knew she was dying, yes, it wasn't a surprise, but it still hurts. She was the kindest person I ever knew. Her two kids (66, 62) and their families took me in as one of the family. The past two weeks they've included me in the bedside vigil at the hospital and told me how much she loved me.
Less than a week ago when I went to her hospital room she greeted me as she often did, "Am I ever glad to see you!" She was interested in my life, my family, what I was doing and appreciated every little thing I did for her. The other day there was talk of her moving to a transitional care facility and she asked if I would cook for her as she hated the food they were giving her.
I am thanking God for the friend of the person I used to work for part time telling the friend of my client, Pat about me. She and her daughter called me and asked if I had any time where I could come and interview for a full time position with Pat. We had a wonderful visit and I remember walking down the hall thinking, "surely they can't be that wonderful!" But, they were and even more! My life was so enriched and I think I may be a more understanding person because I've known and loved Pat. I am so very thankful for the past few weeks in which I told her how much I loved her and was thankful for her daily lessons in life.
I also am facing unemployment for the first time. I've only been active in the workforce for the past 7 or 8 years as I was at home with my 5 kids before that. Taking care of the elderly has been a particular joy. I have worked for some cruel people, but had a few that changed my life forever--Gene and Pat specifically. I plan to take some time off and recover and recharge before I look for a position again.