Love and an Apple Part Two

She is failing; it is evident even without my years of hospice experience I can see her life force has waned. She smiles when she recognizes me, I have not seen her in weeks, she has changed and so have I. I do what I am sent to do, take her vitals, assess her condition, make sure she has all her medications and then I settle onto the carpeted floor crossed legged so I can see her at eye level and I take her hand. We are silent for a moment; the gentle connection of warm hands is enough.

Then I ask her, “When is your birthday?” silently wondering if she will see her 104th year.

She replies with hope lacing her voice, “I will be 104 on February 2!”

I smile at her; in my mind I know this more than likely will not happen. Instead I say, “Ah, so you are a ground hog baby, like my son!”

There is a little twinkle in her eye, “Yes!”

I realize in that moment that every year that I celebrate my son’s birthday the memory of her will come forward, “Then I will never forget you, Maria!”

She looks deeply into my eyes and whispers, “Thank you.”

It is a sacred moment, a gift for both of us. This is why I love this work.

About Angelnurse0513

I am a hospice nurse who has been writing spiritually inspired books for the past seven years. I have written a children's book called "Little Star" which is available in ebook format I am currently writing a novel on spiritual love and the afterlife and looking for a publisher. It is my deepest wish to help with the transition from this world to the next whether it be through my work in hospice or through my written words. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have.
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2 Responses to Love and an Apple Part Two

  1. lauriemajka says:

    Oh my gosh…that is so beautiful. You are such a beautiful person, simple acts of kindness go such a long long way! Brought tears to my eyes!! Xoxo

    Sent from my iPhone


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