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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: Expanding Horizons
By Bonnie Kronberger
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“Stand out of the way,” a voice shouts with authority. Dr. Pol, the Incredible Vet has arrived, and with knowledge and power, pulls the calf from the suffering cow. Both animals are soon on their feet, mama licking and nudging her newborn as it noisily suckles life giving milk. Once again, seventy-six year old Dr. Pol saves the day.
I click off the television with a sigh, wondering how an old man can have such strength and stamina. We enjoy watching the show, since we are retired cattle ranchers and understand the hard work of caring for animals.
“Time for bed, Lee.” I look over at Lee, comfortable in his recliner. We’ve had a relaxing evening, watching TV and snacking on popcorn and apples.
“I did that yesterday,” he tells me.
“Did what?” I ask.
“Pulled that……..” he shakes his finger at the TV and searches for the word to express his thought. “.......thingamajig!”
“Oh, you pulled the calf!”
“Yes,” he nods his head with pride.
“You did a good job.” My praise brings a smile to his face and he reaches over to squeeze my hand.
I’m thankful for a day of peace and health. Another day where I hope I’ve run the race well, keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus. My adventurous side longs for excitement, service, and plans, but I will be content with safety and peace.
There are limits as to what I can do, since my primary focus is to care for my husband in his journey through Alzheimer’s. His ability to carry on a conversation is extremely limited, and when he tries, it is often nonsensical words. I can usually guess what he means and respond appropriately, but our time together is mostly silent.
Many mornings I awaken, with a slightly heavy heart, dreading a long, monotonous day. But I quickly reach out in prayer, surrendering that thinking to Jesus by casting my cares upon Him. I am extremely thankful for the commitments and friendships that do brighten my days and I find enjoyment in the anticipation of activities.
Tuesday is women’s Bible Study. I leave Lee at a memory care facility for a few hours, which he doesn’t seem to mind. We pick the grandkids up from school on Wednesday and they bring energy and noise into the home. On Thursday a caregiver comes to the house for three hours, when I meet a friend or my daughter for lunch or a brisk walk. Sunday lifts my heart with worship, teaching, and fellowship at church.
I am so thankful that Lee is able to get out and about with me; that he is not homebound. Even though his walk is slow and he needs help sitting and standing, we are able to do shopping and visiting periodically.
You’d think with that many activities time would go quickly, but a twenty-four hour day is a lot of hours to live. Morning devotional time gives strength, direction, and encouragement for the day ahead, but the hours often stretch out with silence and inactivity. That’s when the TV becomes my friend. The quiet becomes lively as Bringing Up Bates, with nineteen kids and a ton of grandchildren share laughter, parties, and a whole lot of love. HGTV offers us opportunities to enjoy from start to finish home improvements without the cost or stress. We occasionally go on jaunts all over the world with Animal Planet and National Geographic channels.
Lee seems to like the farming or hunting shows because it triggers memories. Many times he believes he is in the show, doing the task. He tries to tell me what he did. I go along with his thinking, and I believe he feels proud to think he has accomplished something. I understand. I get bored with the repetitiveness of day after day, but I try to embrace Psalm 118:24. “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Our television allows us to share other people’s adventures and experiences and enhances our daily living. It provides a reason for Lee and I to share a smile or discombobulated conversation. That is a good thing.
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