15 May 2017

I went to visit my grandfather at the hospital yesterday.

He had checked himself in the day before due to chest pains. He was having difficulty breathing. And given how many times he had had heart surgery he wasn’t going to take any chances.

My mother called him yesterday morning and established what floor he was on, then we set off for the hospital.

Arriving in the spacious room with about thirty beds, I saw him. He was sitting on the bed, hunched over a few pieces of paper. He had not seen us.

The image struck me. He looked so vulnerable and alone. And the thing is, he is vulnerable and alone. He has a live-in helper, but that’s nothing compared to family.

He looked up, saw us, and put his papers away. My dad brought stools, and my mom and I sat down next to the bed. We sat with him for two hours, talking about this and that. My dad sat some distance away on the visitor’s bench, playing a game on his phone.

I was the one who suggested leaving. It was getting late afternoon and I wanted to sort through our DVD collection when I got home.

My grandpa was sad that we were leaving. He didn’t say anything, but you could feel it. As we walked away I looked back, and wished I hadn’t.

He looked dejected. There was no better word to describe the image that I saw. He was sitting alone on the bed, and loneliness weighed down around him.

The whole episode reminded me of the fact that I still have my grandpa, that he is alone in his house, far away from us, and that he could leave us at a moment’s notice.

I’ll call him today to check up on him. I’ll also make time to go visit him on my days off. There’s a bus I can take that goes straight to his house.

I hope for the sake of me and him that the image stays with me. So I never forget that I have one very important person I need to spend time with.

I will try my best not to forget. I really will. This is my promise to myself.

Let’s not forget our elderly relatives. Let’s love them and be with them as freely as we do our friends and colleagues.

Until next time,

A thoughtful Val

19 March 2014

This is going to sound extremely dodgy, but I can’t write a post today.

Not because I’m lazy, but because I’ve already written something else.

Extremely dodgy, I did say.

Oh but I can explain:

Knowing me and my tendency to overdo the things I enjoy doing, I set myself a rule on blogging: only one written piece per day.

And I’ve already written that one piece today for my other blog.

So yes. Extremely sorry.

I love you guys too. Not as much as I love the readers of my other blog obviously, but that’s just because what we have is still new.

Give it time.

I will be back tomorrow.

I would say to check out my other blog. But after showing preferential treatment a few lines up, I think that’d be presuming too much.

Do take care.

Until tomorrow,

Val

p.s. Just to be clear, I love all my readers equally. Except the abusive ones. Whom I’m lucky not to have encountered. Yet. *knock wood*