Friday, August 28, 2009

Tea & Crumpets

My job title is Caregiver, my job is being a companion. Servicing seniors in their homes is what I do for a living. Today, my primary client, Mr. John Doe (Oh, so you've heard of him, too??lol) gave a very special gift to me.

To help you understand a side part of this, Mr. Doe is from a country where tea is one of the highlights of the day, and the prefered drink with lunch and dinner. Not iced tea, but hot tea with sugar and cream. At first, I thought it looked kind of gross. But, after several days of watching him enjoy his tea so much, I decided to go home and try it myself. Hmmmm, that was pretty good.

Today, Mr. Doe was spending some down-time out on his patio, just watching the cars go by and scanning the sky for rain. I decided to make him some tea and serve it, along with some of his favorite cookies, to him. So, I did.

Mr. Doe is about as old as Mathuselum (sp?) and has the most beautiful european accent. After he sampled his tea and declared it good, he looked held up the cup, looked at me, and asked, "Are we going to share this cup?" I smiled because I knew it was his way of wandering aloud whether I was going to have tea with him. I smiled and told him no and that I would be right back with my cup.

As I sat with Mr. Doe and sipped on my tea and had cookies with him, a thought entered my mind. "I wander if this cookie, dipped in my hot tea, would taste good." I dipped the cookie into the tea and then took a bite. What??? That was Really good.

The longer I sat there in silence with Mr. Doe, the more I began to evaluate what was happening. I had just been given a beautiful gift. It was a gift I had wanted for a long time ago and now it was happening. The gift was to sit with a wise and dear old friend and enjoy each other's company in silence. There were no words for about 10 minutes and it was amazing how peaceful those minutes were.

When I remembered my wish from before, I thought about how I'd imagined that (not one in particular) dear "old" friend would be one from years ago, not in the literal meaning of old. God knows how much I love elderly people and I think this was God's way of not only granting my desire of the past, but also, I think it was His way of bringing a special comfort to my heart and soul, to put a soft touch on the ending of what felt like such a harsh week.

Today, I had tea and cookies with an old friend. I am blessed.

Until next time,
Love and peace,


  1. dang gina you making me cry again!!! today!!!
    One of my favorite memories was bringing a bag of new tennis balls to the nursing home my grandmother was in. I came through the door and sat on the floor and ooooh the excited I caused. The lil elders lined up for me to replace their balls on the bottoms of their walkers, they were so excited some tried to dance some made jokes about "having new balls" with a wink at me.. PRICELESS, I still do that to this day from that one experience. The are priceless and I am so glad you are there for Mr. Doe, and enjoyed your tea and cookies with an old friend. I drink the hot tea and crackers when I am sick.

  2. That's cool Rach! I always wanted to have tea and crumpets, however I really don't like hot tea. But the thought of it always has made me smile! Glad the two of you could share that moment together! I am sure it made his heart smile too!

  3. Umm, Dar, I don't know how to turn the word verification off.Just pretend this is a pretend club house and you are a member and that using the word verification is your secret knock:):)

    Or, maybe share easy instruction on how I can turn that mess off:):)

    Thank you for dropping by again:)

  4. Hey sis! This is just beautiful! You are such an amazing artist. The picture you just painted with these words has left me at peace just when I needed it!
    If you will text or shoot me your log in and password, I'll fix this word verification for you!

  5. Rach - give me a call and I will help you with the comment moderator and the word verification.

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  7. Lol...that's funny, the author deleted her own comment:) What I was trying to say there was word verification is now turned off:)
    Thanks you guys:)

  8. Rach - come on over to my blog! I have something for you. And since you are a newbie, I will email you instructions. . . Love ya!