Friday, January 31, 2014

Lessons From the Edge

"Goodbye" never gets easy.

I don't even want to go to work today.
Yes, I know. It's Friday. There are fun things planned to do. And on any other Friday I would be happy about going in.

But today is different.

Today I don't want to go.

Because today I'll have to say "Goodbye" to someone, and I don't want to do it.

One month ago, D gave her 30-day-notice. Today she is moving into her daughter's home.
It really will be a good thing for her. D adores her daughter, and as she has become more and more forgetful and confused she has also become more needy for her daughter's presence. And, while her daughter is happy to come to Edgewood on an almost daily basis to visit D, they believe D will be happier if she is with her daughter full-time.
So, D is moving.
And I have to say, "Goodbye."
Goodbye to this dear woman who has lived almost right across the hall from the Activity Room for about a year and a half. (So I am used to seeing her all.the.time.) Goodbye to this dear woman who makes me smile every time I see her. This woman who loves coming to my Bible studies, who teases me about getting to work too late or leaving too early, who sometimes "races" me down the hallway and also tells me I need to slow down.
D is a bright spot in my days at Edgewood, and I am sure going to miss her.

Over the past three-plus years I've been at Edgewood, I have said "Goodbye" to a lot of people. You'd think I would be used to it by now. But I'm not.

"Goodbye" never gets easy.

Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this post are my own, and may not necessarily reflect those of Vista Springs Living Centers.


Mommy's coffee break blog said...

Awwww...I'm sure D will miss you too! So give her a big hug and say this isn't goodbye, say, "see you later." You are right, Goodbye's hurt. Especially when, you aren't sure when you will see the person again. Maybe you can give her a call every once in a while, I'm sure she would enjoy that. Hopefully her memory isn't getting too difficult for phone conversations. Karen you amaze me, I am sure you are a blessing to those folks at Edgewood. hugs

Karen Hossink said...

Mommy - The good news is: She ended up staying! Oh, happy me! :)

Mommy's coffee break blog said...

awwww, you were meant to be close to her, wonderful.