Elsie Anderson, a chance encounter.

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I’ve spent way too much time in recovery centers this past year. Thank goodness it wasn’t for me, but for several of my friends and extended family. I don’t care for these places at all and I never ever want to be in one. Perhaps my fear of the inevitable, yet just the same, dear Lord, please never.

My daughter Tawnya is in town. She’s here to look after her Mom (my first x yet best friend) Bev, recovering from major back surgery at Wesley Homes Health Center here in Des Moines, Washington.

Now how’s that for a set up?

Anyhow, Tawn and I are taking a break and heading out to get some dinner. As we’re walking down the hallway we can hear someone playing Amazing Grace on the piano in the lobby. As we enter the room, and this is truly where the Amazing Grace happens, we listen for a bit then introduce ourselves to Elsie Anderson.

My mind and heart race in every imaginable direction. Elsie, from West Seattle is in her 90’s, wheelchair bound, hunched over from the ravages of time and legally blind. Yet, she fills the entire room with her radiance.

We listened to her play a few tunes then briefly chatted for a minute and I felt as if I drank from the well that replenishes your soul. What a delightful chance encounter. Thank you Elsie Anderson! I needed that.

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Good morning Rene. What an amazing woman and terrific insight. I love your slogan too.

Nov 05, 2014 11:06 PM #1
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Hi Sheila... Thanks! After a few visits this week I've seen Elsie two times now. Both times she was making her way to the piano! 

Nov 05, 2014 11:31 PM #2
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Wow Renė, what a glorious moment that must have been...radiance comes in so many packages, it is so nice you have the vision and the heart to recognize it.  A

Nov 06, 2014 02:29 AM #3
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What a nice break from your day.  I bet you made Elsie's day with your appreciation for her talent.  Way to go.

Nov 06, 2014 03:22 AM #4
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Thanks, A... Elsie was such a treat!

Belinda... Indeed, she really lit up that someone was interested! Thanks.

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You are on a roll with these fun videos, Rene! I adore Elsie - and loved the music behind the chat - you are so "soulful," and I so appreciate that about YOU.

Nov 07, 2014 11:21 PM #6
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Hi Debb... Let me say that what I thought I had on my camera and what I actually had ended up being 2 very different things. But it was still a fun project and Elsie was such a wonderful character, how could it not work... Thanks so much for the feature on YouTube Thrusdays!

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Great post Rene.  I understand your thoughts on this.   I worked in Skilled nursing facilities  (Convelesent homes)  I can remember coming home and telling my kids that if I am ever to that point do not put me in a home.  After that time I spent many years specializing in Home Health and Hospice and learned just how precious each life is right up until the end.  There is always a lesson, there is always a joy and a spark and a smile in the simplest of times.  When one human being takes time to recognize and celebrate the life of another in any small way, it is a shared joy and a rejuvination.  May there be many Elsies in your life and many Renes in hers.

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Hi Rain... I couldn't agree with you more! Amen!

 

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