Saturday, January 19, 2013

Majestic Oaks, Seniors, Fathers and sons

A tree grows more stately and elegant as the years go by.  The tree canopy reaches up to the heavens   Their trunks show strength and stability.  Here are the best places to view majestic oaks in South Florida. How well are we aging?
Where to view majestic oaks in South Florida

I work with seniors as their candles are burning out.  A slight faint glimmer of a flame remains.  Sometimes as I glide the wheelchairs back to their rooms after class and see ancient photos of their past vibrant selves, it really makes me sad.  I try not to think about it too much.  As I pass by a mirror and view myself in the reflection, I am cognizant of the reality.  It is happening to me as well.

Father and son back in the day.
What I see in the mirror is an image of my father.  Do not get me wrong, I am happy to look like my father.  Here we are together.

Now my father works with me at the nursing homes.  We both enjoy each other's company while at work, but sometimes he gets melancholy and asks me forlornly, is this my fate?  I smile and tell him I will take care of him and my mother, they can move into my house.  But what will happen when they need much more care?  We both know the answer.

Robert and my father at work

This takes us back to the beauty of the majestic oaks, who get stronger and more powerful with age.  My father is a like an oak, his wisdom makes him stronger with age.  With wisdom comes a sense of inner peace, of knowing more and worrying less about the small stuff.  Of having the self confidence of being comfortable in your shoes, with who you are.  I see this with my seniors, they have a sense of dignity.

Maturity has its advantages.  My garden gets more beautiful with age.

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