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The Orchid - Week 4 for Project Good Thoughts

I found the Orchid blossom, where Mom had placed it in her poetry book and I sealed it in plastic and scanned it to have a picture for the poem then gave it to my brother

I found the Orchid blossom, where Mom had placed it in her poetry book and I sealed it in plastic and scanned it to have a picture for the poem then gave it to my brother

I just bought this orchid.

I just bought this orchid.

Memories and good thoughts.

A poignant memory of my mother and an orchid given to her by my brother.

These are sad but good thoughts to add to the Project Good Thoughts, created by Joanna "Grace" Goldsmith, to re-enforce the good words that she gave us.

Jo/Grace gave us the good words to encourage us to realize the meaning of those words and to live and practice them daily in our thoughts and deeds... so that they would be become a part of who we are, and we would share those words, especially with Humility and Kindness.

When Grace started the "Good Words Project" I agreed to write a poem for each word she gave us weekly for a whole year.

From the Nursing Home to the Hospital

Mom was sent to the nursing home for rehab after a fall, but then she got sick at the nursing home and was sent to the hospital.

The nursing home administrator called me to come and take Mom to the hospital and to take her things away, so that when she comes out of the hospital she would either go home or to another rehab facility.


Let's just run away!

Mom was all smiles when I walked in the door, she had packed her things in boxes and set them on the floor. I took them out to the car and packed them inside.

When I went back inside, mom said: Don't forget my orchid. A beautiful orchid was sitting on the shelf and when I went to take it down one of the blossoms broke off and fluttered to the floor.

I thought Mom would be angry, but she wasn't. She was very sad and looked as if she were about to cry.

When we arrived at the hospital, the paperwork was taking so long Mom said to me: "Let's run away!" I asked her, what would my husband do without me?

I had applied for assisted living for her and she was accepted. She was sent to a new nursing home to wait for her apartment to be prepared.

In September of 2004 the day before Mom was to go to the assisted living apartment, she passed away.



Blossom from the Orchid

As we took Mom's belongings from the nursing home, I found Mom's poetry book and opened to read some of her poems, and found the orchid blossom. I carefully took the blossom and sealed it in plastic and gave it to my brother with the following poem that I wrote.


The Orchid

© by Shyron Shenko – September 2004

My brother gave an Orchid to my mom

An Orchid as purple as a plum

With its blossoms on long and slender reeds

Except for the blossoms it would have been a weed


When Mom was sent to the hospital

The rehab administrator, on that very day

Told me, "Take your mother's things away

And I packed her things into my car for another hospital Stay


I helped mom move some of her things into a room on the third floor

Like her book of poetry, but she did not want much more

And as we walked in the door

The Orchid blossom broke and fluttered to the floor


I said to Mom, I have broken it

And expected her to have a fit

Instead she breathed a heavy sigh

I knew she was trying so hard not to cry


I sat the pot on the dresser; the orchid only had two blossoms left

Mom said please put it up there on the shelf

As the broken one from my hand she gently took

And placed it in her poetry book


So... My brother here is what I'll do

I have sealed it in plastic and I am giving it to you!


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I Overlooked an Orchid.

Project Good Thoughts

© 2015 Shyron E Shenko

Comments

C E Clark from North Texas on April 24, 2021:

6 months since my last comment when things looked pretty grim Covid-19 wise. Things look a little better now, though we are, according to some virus/pandemic experts seemingly starting our 4th spike in new infections. They say more than half of all adults 60 and over have been vaccinated and that's a plus. The vaccine isn't a promise that those who've had it won't get the virus, but it is supposed to be a promise it won't put a person in the hospital or the morgue.

This is a great story (poem) and your brother is so lucky to have this memento, as I've said many times before. And you great poem, too.

Take care, and God bless, dear friend . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on October 24, 2020:

Your brother is so lucky to have not only the orchid, but this beautiful poem as a keepsake too.

Posting this to AH & FB again.

Please don't let yourself get so tired of fighting this virus we are burdened with that you let your guard down. We're all tired of it and if not for the horrific mismanagement of it, we might be through with it now, but we must deal with reality, and not what woulda or shoulda happened.

Likely it will be months yet before we see the end of this pandemic, but only the results of this election and whether or not Putin is going to reinstall Trump in the presidency will give any hints about how much longer it will take. Clearly if Trump remains, he will continue to do nothing and we will all be on our own as we've been from the start.

May God bless you and protect you, dear friend. Be safe.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 25, 2020:

Au fait, you don't know much your comments and good wishes mean to me. I thank you for posting this AH and fb.

Hope all is well with you also my dear friend.

Blessings always.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 21, 2020:

Back to share this wonderful poem (one of my favorites of yours) on AH & FB again.

Hope all is well with you and that you are taking care. Blessings dear friend. Stay safe . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on November 21, 2019:

I don't think I can add much more to what I have already said in my comments here about this poem. But I have come back to post this wonderful poem on AH & FB again.

Blessings dear friend. I hope all is well with you.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 09, 2019:

Your brother is so fortunate to have the orchid for a keepsake. This is one of my favorite poems that you have written.

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather while it lasts, though I know you prefer it warmer. Seems unusual for May, but I love it.

Blessings and hugs dear friend. Take care . . .

C E Clark from North Texas on January 09, 2019:

Came back read this excellent poem again and to post it on AH and FB also. Sending blessings and hoping that everything is the best it can be at your house. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 05, 2018:

Au fait, thank you for every thing you do.

Blessings always

C E Clark from North Texas on May 30, 2018:

Posting this on FB. An excellent poem and one of my favorites. Hope you are staying in where it's cool. Temperatures to be in the hundreds for the foreseeable future. Take care dear friend . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on November 23, 2017:

Peggy, thank you for the comments and a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to you also.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2017:

What a beautiful poem Shyron about a poignant memory regarding your dear mom. That orchid was obviously cherished by your mom and can now continue to be by your brother who gave it to her in the first place thanks to your efforts.

Perhaps your mother's wishes of "Let's run away!" were granted. She ran straight into the next life avoiding that assisted living space reserved for her in this one.

Blessings to you. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 15, 2017:

Au fait, thank you for the compliment, pin and comment, I do appreciate you my dear friend.

Blessings and hugs, hope you are staying dry and warm.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 31, 2016:

A wonderful story and poem. Another one of my favorites. As it is already pinned to one of my Purple boards, I am now going to pin it to Awesome HubPages. Happy New Year!!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 16, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, and compliment.

I do hope all is well with you

Many Blessings and Hugs dear friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 16, 2016:

Sharing this excellent poem again. Your brother is so lucky to have this keepsake. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on May 22, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, compliment and for sharing. I am enjoying the cooler weather.

Take care, and Blessings and hugs.

C E Clark from North Texas on May 18, 2016:

Sharing this beautiful poem again.

Hope you are enjoying the cooler weather as it's due back in the mid 80s and ABOVE in just a couple of days. :( Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 29, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the compliment, comment and sharing.

I looked in the spam folder there are two and they are not yours they belong in the spam folder. But I do see this comment and I thank you for it.

I hope all is well with you and that you are surviving the weather.

Blessings and Hugs and take care my friend.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 11, 2015:

Thought I would bring attention to this beautiful poem again. Sharing of course.

It's strange the way comments are acting this afternoon. The last one showed here even after going to a different page, but it wouldn't show in the feed. Now it won't show at all. I'm not aware of you having your comments on approval, and if you do, then why did my comment show the first time even after I left this page, but not later?

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on October 05, 2015:

Thank you Devika for the compliment and comment.

Blessings and Hugs, hope all is well with you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 04, 2015:

A beautiful hub! One should always appreciate what they do for others.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 14, 2015:

Flo, thank you for the comments yes small RAKs can/do resonate. I do hope you, your parents and grandparents are well.

Blessings and hugs.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 12, 2015:

Small acts of kindness can mean the world. This was touching. With my own parents and grandparents aging (some, it seems, more quickly than others) I am aware how even small gestures can resonate.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on September 07, 2015:

Thank you Vellur, for your comment, I really appreciate you.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 07, 2015:

Great tribute to your mom, beautifully written. Touched my heart.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 25, 2015:

Marlene, thank you so much for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 25, 2015:

Thank you Ann for the compliment and comment, I really appreciate you.

Blessings and Hugs dear friend

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 24, 2015:

The memories you shared here are so special and your poem is truly beautiful.

Ann Carr from SW England on August 24, 2015:

What lovely memories and beautiful thoughts. Isn't it amazing how an object can evoke so much?

Beautiful hub, Shyron.

Ann

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 24, 2015:

Suzette, thank you so much for the compliment, and comment. You are so appreciated.

Blessings and Hugs.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 24, 2015:

Ruby, thank you for the compliment, comment and for sharing this.

You are a gem and not just because you are a Ruby.

Blessings and Hugs

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 24, 2015:

Jo (tobusiness), thank you for your condolences and thank you for the comments, I am glad you were touched by this.

Blessings and hugs to you

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 23, 2015:

"Let's run away" I love it! This poem is beautiful and a single orchid can bring so much beauty and peace to the soul.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on August 20, 2015:

Your poem is beautiful and heartfelt. It brought back memories of my mother's death and the rose I put in her bible. Thank you for sharing your gift of poetry and love...Hugs..

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on August 19, 2015:

I'm so sorry about your Mum's death just as she was about to embark on a new adventure. This touching and beautiful poem shines with much love.

Hugs and best wishes to you.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 19, 2015:

Frank, thank you for the compliment, comment, up votes, I really appreciate you.

Blessings my friend.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on August 19, 2015:

The poem is amazing.. strong.. touching and mostly unforgettable.. voted up and awesome my friend ...:)

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Patricia, thank you so very much for the reminder of special moments and thank you for the Angels. Yes those memories are special, as Shauna (bravewarrior) reminded me of another memory, (the day the angel came).

The flowing tears will wash away the hurts of the day

and give us rest when those hurts are put away.

When the Angels arrive I will ask them to bring blessings and hugs right back to you my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Larry, thank you for the visit and comment.

Blessings dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Dana, thank you for the comment and compliment, I am honored that you soul was touched. I am sorry that you lost you mother, especially so young.

I know that things that bring joy are often the little things that you happen upon unexpectedly.

Blessings and hugs dear friend

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

John, thank you for the compliment and comments.

I completely understand time constraints, although the invitation stands for when you find a spare minute or two.

Blessings and Hugs dear John

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Sha, thank you for the compliment and comment. You are so welcome.

I have often thought the same thing that you wondered, and you have brought to mind the day the angel came.

Blessings and Hugs dear Shauna.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Bill, thank you for the compliment and comment. Believe me I understand about not having the time, that is why it took me so long to answer your challenge.

Thank you for the tears.

Blessings and Hugs to you also.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Theresa, thank you for the compliment and comment. I am sure my brother appreciated it.

Blessings and Hugs my friend

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 18, 2015:

Our last memories of really special moments are often fixed in our minds and offer comfort to us....this was such a poignant hub..in lite of all that has opened in my family recently I found tears flowing.

Voted up+++ Know that Angels are on the way to you ps

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and up votes and for sharing.

We are working to get everything back on track.

Hope all is well with you.

Blessings and Hugs always

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on August 18, 2015:

Maria, thank you for the compliment and comment.

You just have to look in the mirror to see someone who is beautiful inside and out.

Blessings and Hugs

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on August 18, 2015:

Wonderfully done.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 18, 2015:

Shyron, this poem really touched my soul. And, the story behind the poem was heartfelt. I know your brother was touched to know his mom treasured that Orchid he bought for her. My mother went home to be with the Lord when I was seventeen and its the simple memories that brings me the most joy.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 18, 2015:

This is a beautiful hub Shyron, and the poem touching. A lovely tribute to remember your mom by. I can't take up the challenge just yet but will try to do something for the "good thoughts" in the future.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 18, 2015:

What a poignant memory of your mother! I wonder if her passing the day before she was to go to the nursing home was a conscious effort on her part.

You gave your brother a treasured gift with this poem and the orchid your mom cherished. Thank you for sharing this gift with us.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 18, 2015:

I'm so sorry, Shyron, but I don't have the time for this challenge. Maybe I can squeeze it in next week. I'll try. In the meantime, I'll have this beautiful story of love to think about. Very beautiful, Shyron...I had tears.

blessings always

bill

Faith Reaper from southern USA on August 17, 2015:

Oh, how beautiful and poignant, dear Shyron. This made me think of my precious mother and her last days here on this earth. Your poem is lovely and I just know your brother appreciated it, especially with the orchid blossom with it.

Peace and (((Hugs)))

C E Clark from North Texas on August 17, 2015:

So good for your brother to have a keepsake and to know how much the orchid meant to your mother. Pinned to my 'Purple 5' board, voted up and BAI. Will share of course.

Hope all s well with you and John after a rough weekend. Blessings to you both. I hope you are both well and that nothing has happened to harm either of you. Take care . . .

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 17, 2015:

These beautiful memories and your act of generosity to your brother go straight to the heart of the matter - you are beautiful, inside and out, dear Shyron.

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