Sunday, June 9, 2013

Really, Really Old Songs

Tonight I'm spending the night at my mother's assisted living residence.  This is much better than the three previous nights sleeping on a cot in the hospital.  With a  heart attack and a cracked rib beginning to heal, she "got out of there" this afternoon and is now happily snoozing away in her own bed again.  It has been quite an experience. 

But I am sitting here wondering how to spend the evening.  Hmmm.  I could work a crossword puzzle, play on the computer, read, or watch TV.  Exciting stuff.  While I'm pondering this huge decision I just stop and listen a moment.  Live music begins to drift in and I know what it is. Same time every night a party!  Singing starts up and voices join in getting stronger and stronger.  Sweet Alice who remembers almost nothing anymore, does remember how to play her beloved piano and entertains nightly.  She has quite a following.  Sometimes I am one of them.  She plays by request and never turns anyone down. She knows every song and they know the words.  Here is what I've been hearing tonight.  Do you know these old songs?

You Are My Sunshine, My Only Sunshine
In The Garden
When The Role Is Called Up Yonder I'll Be There
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me
Home On The Range
My Buddy
Anchors Away
Chattanooga Choo Choo
God Bless America
America The Beautiful
Count Your Blessings, Count Them One By One
It Took A Miracle
He Touched Me And Made Me Whole

And always lastly,
 Show Me The Way To Go Home


After that song the party's over.  Friends help friends find their rooms.  Everyone gets home.

Not much is better than this evening. It may sound boring to you but it is so sweet and soothing to me.  These are really old people.  One is 102.  Yet they are laughing, singing with friends, and ending their day together in joy and peace and music.  And all is well in their world.  How about yours?



  1. Oh I am so sorry about your poor Mom I am glad things turned out OK for her. I love everyone of those songs and I would be right there with my Mom too. I love our seniors. Take care both of you. I am singing now myself HUGS. B

    1. She has been through a lot the last week. I am hoping for a quality outcome for her. God is in charge.

  2. You and your mom are in my thoughts and prayers..... that is a lot to overcome..... Blessings to you both....
    The evening sounded wonderful!


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