Some stories don't get old.
I've always known that elderly people like to tell stories. To re-live their past experiences. To share about them with nearly anyone who has time to listen.
This news is not new.
However, since working at Edgewood, I have learned that some elderly people like to tell those stories A LOT. Over and over and over. Even if you don't have time to listen.
And those stories can get kinda old. If you know what I mean.
We have one resident in particular who is well known for telling stories in that manner. I'll call him, F. F served in World War II and has lots of stories to tell. I know most of them by heart now. I know when he's going to lean back in his chair, rub his hands together, and say with a smile, "Oh. I was really livin' then!" (That's when his sister found a way to get some gas ration stamps to him - so he could ride his motorcycle around.)
F is charming. I like to listen to his stories when I can, because it makes him so happy to tell them. But, honestly, sometimes when he's talking I sneak a peak at my watch to see if I have time to stay and listen. Sometimes I laugh to myself when he proclaims, "I love to tell this story." (He says that before almost every story!) And sometimes I look for an excuse to leave, because the stories have gotten rather old. *blush*
But Wednesday when I was listening to F (Again!) and he was on his second time through the same story in one sitting, I realized there are some stories I will never get tired of hearing. Or telling.
*Like when God arranged the timing so I would be walking around the corner when M fell - and I could help her up.
*Or how He moved me to knock on G's door - right when she needed help with her air conditioner.
*And the time He reminded me about something I needed to do, by allowing me to see a little sign hanging up.
*Oh, and all the times God has brought me to a person who just needed prayer.
Indeed, I could (and will) tell these stories over and over again. Because stories of God's faithfulness NEVER get old!
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.