Seeing the Sparkle in His Eyes was Priceless - Making a Difference

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with TODD PICCONI REAL ESTATE BRE #01142052

I was visiting an assisted facility living facility and bringing balloons to one of their residents.

Was excited to see his face as I decorated his room with the green and red balloons.  The red balloons were hearts and the green balloons were stars.  Together, it did remind me of Christmas.  Although, it wouldn't have mattered what color the balloons were.   

I was doing this out of love, compassion and in a way selfish reasons...to feel like I was making a difference for another human being.

I had purchased the balloons at the local Dollar Tree, thinking that I'd be including one with my Client deliveries.  Then when I got them in the car, I decided otherwise.

The gentleman I was visiting is in the life guidance section.  This is a locked section of the facility that caters to those suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's.  It is locked because these residents may at some time become a bit more volatile and unpredictable with their behavior which if they had access to leave, maybe they would.  

I wheeled him in is wheelchair upstairs to the restaurant because he said, "Can I have a cup of coffee?"

The restaurant had already closed and come to find out, downstairs, where he was living, had a carafe already made.  So we went down the elevator back into the locked facility and we sat in the restaurant/cafeteria area together.  I poured him a cup and gave him a few of the packaged cookies that they offer their residents.  I had already gotten him an oatmeal cookie from the lobby upstairs so he was eating that.  I honestly don't know (can't remember) if he even sipped any of his cup of coffee while we were there.  

We hung out chatting about life for about a half an hour to an hour.  The wisdom that you get from someone in their later years is always priceless.  More than that, the time with Him was extremely gratifying.  I think we all hope that at some point in our lives that we will have another to care and be there for us.  

As I left, I gave him a firm hug and told him that He is Special.  He smiled and looked at me knowing that He REALLY DID MATTER.  I had fulfilled my mission for the evening.  Yeah!  (tear)

It's so important for all of us to be compassionate towards others.

This week, it seems like being "kind" is something that is swirling around in my mind. Maybe it's the season, maybe it's some of my transactions that I'm working on and the people that I'm working with.  I believe that this is the beginning of a new chapter of "enlightenment".  

God Bless Us All.

HAVE A GREAT SATURDAY AND HAPPY DECEMBER!

Thank You for listening.

Todd

 

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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Good morning, Todd - making "sparkle"  happen is a good thing. May enlightenment continue this month and always. Have a nice weekend.

Dec 01, 2018 08:45 AM #1
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William Feela
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For those aging and in homes it doesn't take a lot to brighten their day

Dec 01, 2018 09:18 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Todd- so often the gift of your time is the best gift you could give to another person. How very thoughtful of you to bring some light to this man's day. 

Dec 01, 2018 02:29 PM #3
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Kathy Streib
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                                 Thank you, Todd. 

Dec 01, 2018 05:18 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Good morning, Todd... your post brought tears to my eyes. And it reminded me how little it really takes for us to show some kindness and what an impact that has on other people's lives.

Dec 02, 2018 04:15 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Todd. This was a lovely, poignant and meaningful thing to do. How do you know this man?

Dec 02, 2018 04:54 AM #6
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
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Todd what a lovely post and indeed I wish I could do something similar for my  Dad..... sadly it is too late. Keep it up for as long as you can, Endre

Dec 02, 2018 02:52 PM #7
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good evening TODD PICCONI 909.908.7376 GROW WHERE YOU'RE PLANTED ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib included your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Anytime we can  make a "sparkle" in someones eyes..especially our parents..you know we've made a difference. Please keep it up so gratifying for both of you.

Dec 02, 2018 04:39 PM #8
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Laura Cerrano
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You can see, create or help to maintain that Unique sparkle in someone’s eyes, it’s one of the greatest things in life! I agree.

Dec 02, 2018 09:53 PM #9
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Laura Cerrano
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Hi Dorie, There is that moment of clarity when you see that sparkle and you feel like tons of magic has this rain down upon you. Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR

Dec 02, 2018 09:54 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
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How wonderful. Giving time and compassion to someone else is priceless.

Dec 03, 2018 03:35 AM #11
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Chris Ann Cleland
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How did you decide on this one individual?  That's what I kept wondering while reading.

My mother is living in an assisted living facility and yesterday my brother and I went to her facility's family holiday party.   It was sad to see one woman who worked a craft with us, explain why her kids would never come to do this with her.  We adopted her for the day.  Turns out, she is my mom's neighbor and just moved in.

A little interaction with folks makes a big difference.  

Dec 03, 2018 10:42 AM #12
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I skipped forward through the comments and discovered this was your dad. Visiting elders in Assisted Living Facilites is so important. My best friends mom was in a care facility for about a year and I visited occasionally. Now that she's gone (she passed away a month ago), I wish I had stopped by more often.  Some residents adapt and get involved with activities and others prefer to be isolated. Those with memory loss have a very difficult time. There are visitors on special occasions but not so much on regular days.

Dec 03, 2018 02:48 PM #13
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Hi Todd

What a wonderful, heartfelt post this was. I was wondering what the relationship was...and by sneaking a peak now I know. Thank you for sharing these touching moments!

Jeff

Dec 05, 2018 08:12 PM #14
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Todd, a great personal gesture you have shared.  Thank you.

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