Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Sisterly care

Conversation overheard at the front door this week as one of our nurses accompanied two sisters who live in the infirmary to a waiting van that would transport them to an activities "outing." The nurse had been telling them what the agenda would be for this first adventure. "The van will take you into town, and then you'll be met by the staff there...you'll meet some new people and enjoy some activities planned just for you. If you need anything don't hesitate to ask. There will be lunch and then the van will bring you home."...and on and on with everything she could think of to ease any anxiety.

The older of the two (89 to 86), who is also the sharper of the two (mild forgetfulness to severe forgetfulness!), listened attentively and when they got to the front door was heard to say to the anxious nurse, "Now we'll be fine, we'll be ok." And gesturing toward her companion, "Don't worry, I'll take care of her."

After 70 years of monastic community life I'd say "they got it"!

The two-toned dogwood in front of the original convent on East 9th St. is in its annual 2-week flowering. Just beautiful.