Some days are memorable. Here is a story from John Ratliff:
She held her baby close, clutching the doll’s shoulder gently with one hand while she raised her fingers to her lips.
“Shhhhhhh – my baby is sleeping!”, she commanded, her beautiful blue eyes beaming at me with reproach. I smiled back at her and nodded with respect. It had been quite some time since she joined us in the room. Usually we pass by her in common area where she is tucked warmly on a recliner, always holding her baby doll.
But I will never forget that day when she got up out of her wheelchair. We were playing an Irish jig. Perhaps it was a full moon. Back then the best response we could normally get from her was some pretty good foot tapping. But on that day the magic of the music infused her frail body with energy and for a few brief moments she was young again. Joyful. Carefree. Confident. When I looked around the room there were tears in the eyes of the staff. They all knew she hadn’t been able to walk in ages, let alone dance. Sometimes we get lucky………
“Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand
And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand” – Sir Elton John
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