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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Work (07/27/06)

TITLE: My Last Day
By Constance Marie Korn


As I walked into the nursing home the first thing I could hear was music playing from a piano. My heart warmed up, as I was very sad because this would be my last day there working with dear Cecilia. I saw her right away sitting in a chair with her walker right in front of her, looking so excited about the party that was about to begin.

I found a rocking chair next to her and came up and kissed her forehead. As always she was so very happy to see me. “Connie, how wonderful for you to come to see me”, she said with great enthusiasm, even though I was there five days a week. As she usually did, she held my hand and told me, “You’re just in time for the party”.

There were at least 15 elderly people there to entertain them, all dressed with matching blue shirts and funny little patriotic hats. Balloons were hanging everywhere from the ceiling. The workers were busy bring the old folks in. Some were happy, and others were lethargic. Setting everybody up took a lot of care.

Soon the music started, and the singing began. Cecilia was delighted! She swayed back and forth, clapped her hands and sang to each song she could remember. She was the life of the party. She looked over at me and stated, “I’m glad you could share this with me.” I smiled and sang along too.

Soon cake was passed out and green punch too. Cecilia made sure they gave some to me. “You came to the party, you deserve the cake too,” she told me with a smile. We both laughed to see an old man dance he refused to sit and eat. The music touched so many hearts and showed upon their faces.

After it ended, we found a place to sit outside the dinning room hall. She talked of how she loved to eat there with friends to share her meal. “It’s nice to have someone to talk to while I eat my food, and the food is always different and very good to eat.” We sat and talked until the time came for me to leave. She said, “You go on ahead, I’ll wait right here until it’s time to eat.”

I’ve been working with Cecilia for almost a year now. I took care of her at home until almost a month ago when she moved into the nursing home. She has dementia and I helped her with the transition of the move. At first it was so difficult, but now things are going smoothly. To me it’s been a ministry to be with her instead of just a job, as we have shared our faith in God on a daily basis.

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Joanne Sher 08/05/06
What a ministry you have/had to Cecelia! And a lovely piece on it - I could see the performances. YOu did a great job of showing what was going on. I have to admit, though, that I am not 100% clear on this being your "last day." You finished with the transition, and you no longer visit? Or is it somethign else. Just got lost in the details, I guess. Thank you for sharing yourself, and your writing, with us!
David Story08/08/06
When working becomes living.
Inspiring piece. Thanks.