Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Mary Is A Little Lamb

In contrast to my last post, I'd like to introduce Mary.

Mary is a little lamb-- the sweetest resident of the Michigan Nursing home. She's got a huge puff of white hair, like a huge marshmallow on her head. Nurse's aide Dan says each time she is acknowledged, she smiles wide and opens her arms for a hug.

She's docile and Dan often catches her in her room where Mary watches the nature channel. She sits rapt by the wildlife on the screen. Watching an antelope eat grass will make Mary coo with glee.

Mary has regular visitors, including her adoring children. Recently, a group of siblings came to visit Mary. Back in the day, they lived down the road from Mary. They didn't have a great family life, but Mary always used to bake them cookies and walk them over.

When they heard that the elderly Mary was in a nursing home, they got together and organized to visit her and bring homemade cookies.

So what makes Mary a little lamb?

I asked Dan to sit down and get the goods on the source of her happiness. Mary answered that she is happy because she thinks of her farm, and her husband who, despite his death, shared so much love with her. Mary also claimed he died when he was just 23, which is mega-incorrect according to all records.

Which only goes to show that sometimes, as with the angry sanity of Miss Shirley Parker, that being in your right mind, doesn't mean wrong isn't a much happier place.

I wonder how much it's just the way we are made. Funny how our society values money and possessions and rank over the very underrated gift of innate happiness.

I suspect Mary was born happy. And she'll die happy.

A successful girl.

2 comments:

Elusha De Luxe said...

Makes you wonder, since she's such an easy patient, why none of her adoring children have her live with them.

I visited my great-aunt in a nursing home last month. I would sooner have a pillow over my face than go to one of those places. And since I shall be childless and alone in my dotage years, that will be how my story ends.

Mark in DE said...

You wrote: "our society values money and possessions and rank over the very underrated gift of innate happiness"

This is something Spouse & I talk about frequently. We are trying to live our lives intentionally, with the goal of bringing as much happiness (rather than money, possessions, etc.) into our lives. Oddly it does not always come naturally. Sometimes we have to stop and think about how our decisions will affect us in the long run, and if our decisions will contribute to our overall happiness or not.

Interesting stuff.

Mark :-)