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.
© 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
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.
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.
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?