Tell Spin

"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."....Confucius



Eating Crow

     "Did you see poor old Mr. George at church Sunday?"  Mattie asked her five best friends.  She twisted her face into a repulsive mass of wrinkles, "he wears the same suit every service.  One would think he'd know better, after all he was our druggist for years."  Her husband had already made his journey into heaven.

     "It is such a shame," Marie butted in, "he is a good looking man when he is cleaned up."  She turned her nose to heaven, her eyes rolled back in her head as she proved her tongue dangerous.  She'd never married.

     "That happens when the wife dies," Betty chimed in.  "A man goes to pot when a woman's not around to tell him what to do."  Betty knew everything.  Ask her, she'll tell you.  She's married, her husband fishes a lot.  He lives at their lake house most of the week.

     "Have you heard the latest?" Sue whispered to the ladies stitching on a quilt to be raffled off at the Senior Citizen's Harvest Festival.

     Five heads looked up, each whispered, "no-o-o-o."

     "Carla told me a young girl comes to his house and spends the night," she informed the group.  "She said the girl drives his dead wife's car!"

     "Is Carla Mr. Georges neighbor?" Mattie wanted a confirmation.



  ​     "Yes," Sue spoke sharply, and she know!"

     "I knew there was something wrong with that man the first time I laid eyes on him."  Linda put her needle down and pointed her old crooked finger to the center of the nine patch she was working on.  "His wife worked like a dog and this is the thanks she gets!"  Linda's married.  He husband was a retired lawyer.  He writes everyday in his home office.

     "I'll tell you," Ruth interrupted, "she should have divorced him before she died."  The angerly woman jerked her head back and forth, "that would have shown him!"  She's divorced!

     The sound of a phone ringing turned the six ladies heads to Sue's purse.

     "Hello," Sue's husky voice roared into the reciever.  "Really, what happened?"

     The ladies set, breathing slowly, on the edge of their chairs waiting a report.

     "Where did they take him?  I see.  The girl is there?  Of all the nerve!  Okay, when I leave here, I'll drop by the hospital," she turned to the girls, "that was Carla.  Mr. George has been taken to the hospital."

     "And the girl is there?" Linda ask.

     "Yes, doesn't that beat all?"  She showed outrage.  "I'm going over there after I leave here.  I'll find out what she is doing there!"

     "Let us know?"  the five ladies agreed.

     "I will!!!"

     Sue walked to the nurses' station.  Which room is Mr. George Hall in?" she demanded.

      A caring smile swept over the Charge Nurse, "I'm  so glad your here.  Mr. Hall's niece is very upset."

     "Niece?"

     "Yes, she's George's only relative."

     The noisy lady felt her knees buckle; she grabbed the counter and held it in a death grap until she's gained control over her mind and body.

     "Oh, here comes Tonya now."  The Nurse was pleased, "Tonya, here is someone to see your Uncle."

     "Oh I'm so glad," Tonya took hold of the old woman and gave her a hug.  "My Uncle had a heart attack and they want let me see him," she sobbed.

     "My husband and I've known your Uncle for years," Sue was overheard telling Tonya as the two walked toward the waiting room.

     Sue, soon found time to call Linda, Mattie, Betty, Marie and Ruth.


     Life after Mr. George arrives home.....​

       "No Mattie, it is my week to do Mr. George's laundry," Marie demanded.

"Now give it to me!"   

     "No!  Remember, Betty and Ruth's cleaning, Sue and Linda's cooking right?"  Mattie stoppped the argument.  "Now, it's your week to shop."

     "Oh, your right," Maria remembered.  She confirmed it with a smile.  The smile smoothed the deep wrinkles in her face, leaving a soft radiant glow.



   

You're Terrific 

     Debra, a thirty-two year old, single woman was standing in front of me waiting for her job instructions.  With some slight hesitation, I said, "this is the man you'll be taking care of.  His name is Bob."

     "I'm ready for it," Debra answered very positively.

     "Okay," I replied, handing her the paperwork she needed.

     Realiizing she had never worked in a live-in position, which requires twenty-four hour days, seven days a week, I was trying hard to believe this was the job for her.  I knew she was an excellent caregiver, but was afraid that the long hours would be too much for her.

     She smiled as she left, stating, "this is what I"ve been looking for!"

          A couple of days went by and I called her.  She assured me she was happy and things were going well.  A few weeks later, I visited the home.  Debra was still content with her job, and Bob and his daughter, Linda, were thrilled with her.  The arrangement was working wonderfully for everyone.

     An entire year had ppassed when Debra came to me and informed me that she was going to attend night school.

     "Bob and Linda have encouraged me to finish high school, and I am going to go for it."  She, her face lit up with happiness.

     As Debra juggled her job and her class schedules, she received incredible support and encouragement from both Bob and Linda.  The relationships that had developed were very heartwarming.  She had given them the gift of heartfelt caring and commitment and they had blessed her with the confidence and support to finish her education.  There was a genuine family bond between them.

     Three weeks before Debra completed her classes, Bob passed away.  Even through her grief and the loss of a wonderful friend, Debra made it to graduation.

     Linda was present as Debra walked down the aisle to accept her diploma.  "How I wish Dad could have been here.  He was so proud of you," Linda saud as she embraced Debra.

         "I couldn't have done it without you and your dad," Debra replied.

     Debra's commitment to Bob and her self-less care had given him comfort and peace during the last part of his life.  In return, he had changed her life by providing her with courage and confidence to conquer a big obstacle in her life.

      Debra has since gone to college and we are planning to attend her graduation.  She realized that by caring for others you will receive more than you give.

                                              Congratulations Debra

                                                    You're TERRIFIC!



      

     







You're Terrific 

     Debra, a thirty-two year old, single woman was standing in front of me waiting for her job instructions.  With some slight hesitation, I said, "this is the man you'll be taking care of.  His name is Bob."

     "I'm ready for it," Debra answered very positively.

     "Okay," I replied, handing her the paperwork she needed.

     Realiizing she had never worked in a live-in position, which requires twenty-four hour days, seven days a week, I was trying hard to believe this was the job for her.  I knew she was an excellent caregiver, but was afraid that the long hours would be too much for her.

     She smiled as she left, stating, "this is what I"ve been looking for!"

          A couple of days went by and I called her.  She assured me she was happy and things were going well.  A few weeks later, I visited the home.  Debra was still content with her job, and Bob and his daughter, Linda, were thrilled with her.  The arrangement was working wonderfully for everyone.

     An entire year had ppassed when Debra came to me and informed me that she was going to attend night school.

     "Bob and Linda have encouraged me to finish high school, and I am going to go for it."  She, her face lit up with happiness.

     As Debra juggled her job and her class schedules, she received incredible support and encouragement from both Bob and Linda.  The relationships that had developed were very heartwarming.  She had given them the gift of heartfelt caring and commitment and they had blessed her with the confidence and support to finish her education.  There was a genuine family bond between them.

     Three weeks before Debra completed her classes, Bob passed away.  Even through her grief and the loss of a wonderful friend, Debra made it to graduation.

     Linda was present as Debra walked down the aisle to accept her diploma.  "How I wish Dad could have been here.  He was so proud of you," Linda saud as she embraced Debra.

         "I couldn't have done it without you and your dad," Debra replied.

     Debra's commitment to Bob and her self-less care had given him comfort and peace during the last part of his life.  In return, he had changed her life by providing her with courage and confidence to conquer a big obstacle in her life.

      Debra has since gone to college and we are planning to attend her graduation.  She realized that by caring for others you will receive more than you give.

                                              Congratulations Debra

                                                    You're TERRIFIC!



      

     












Never dig up in doubt what you 

you have planted in Faith.....

by

Elizabeth Elliot