On Valentine’s Day I stopped by to see my dad before going to work. I will confess…in addition to wanting to see him in person, which I would love to do everyday, I forgot to mail his card so hand delivery was my only option. And, second confession, I’m a bit cynical about what I consider Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day. But, I digress.
On the way to my dads’ room, I passed the activity room like I’ve done hundreds of times. I was surprised to see my dad sitting in there all alone reading his newspaper. I asked what he was doing and he simply said, “waiting for Gail”. You see my dad wanted to give Gail (the beloved Activity Director I wrote about in my previous post) a heart-shaped box of candy for Valentine’s Day. Not knowing what time Gail was coming to work, I suggested he keep the candy in his walker basket and give it to her later in the day. You see my dad loves a task. And, giving the candy to Gail was his focus that morning.
He agreed with this new plan and as he walked me out in comes Gail. A bundle of energy dressed in red with a big smile on her face. As he gave Gail her candy she gave him a big hug and kiss. Mission accomplished…candy and Valentine’s Day wishes exchanged to start the day. As I drove to work with a big smile on my face, I realized two things: Having a purpose is a great thing (whether giving out candy or caring for my dad) and Valentine’s Day is actually a great holiday. While I was visiting my dad, other residents were receiving gifts of flowers, candy and cookies from friends and family. How great it is to feel special and be told you’re loved! Sincere apologies to Hallmark.