Kindness at hospital is remembered

This week’s bouquets go to:

From Ching Bezine of Bark River:

Who can forget out old friendships while singing Aud Lang Syne? Especially the friends who have offered us cups of kindness in the years gone by?

On June 9, 2011, my husband, after a lengthen stay in our St. Francis Hospital, was being transferred to a nursing home. Not only physically exhausted and emotionally drained, but also my heart was filled with fear. In 1982, I’ve left my home and family in Hawaii and had made no close friend in the U.P. How could a lonely old Chinese woman face the future?

Shortly before the ambulance came to take my husband, three groups of people came to the room on the second floor. The nurses. The physical therapists. Two doctors and a social worker. They brought me candle-lit cupcakes and they sang Happy Birthday. Some records had told them that it was my 74th birthday. Even the dietitians from the kitchen sent over a lunch plate and a firm message: Eat It!

I’ve been on my own for over six and a half years, and have been receiving kindness from varies hands. The owners of those hands were complete strangers like the staff members in St. Francis, but are now dear friends. The fear in my heart has been replaced by gratitude and a sense of security all because of these friends.

Once again, it’s time to sing Aud Lang Syne, which says at the end: “We’ll take a cup of kindness now, for Auld Lang Syne!”


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