The snow doesn't give a
soft white damn whom it touches.
~ e.e. cummings
I have the honor of inspecting and investigating nursing homes which gives me special privileges – a window into the lives of amazing people. Today, I met a couple that really plucked my heartstrings.
He was in his early 90s and she was in her late 80s but you really couldn't tell. They both had bright blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and sweet, mischievous smiles. They had been married 72 years, and, except for the years when he served in World War II, they had never been apart.
When she moved into a nursing home, he visited her every day. When he needed long term care himself, he moved into the room across the hall from her. If her alarms went off, he beat the staff to her bedside. They were always together.
Until, that is, circumstances required that he be moved into the locked, secure unit.
Just like snow, loneliness doesn't give a soft white damn who it touches.
I meet people like this dear couple every day who have somehow been separated from their loved ones. That's why I'm so freaky excited to be part of Vera Yates' Caring Hearts Blog Hop.
Inspired by something her Mom said, this is Vera's third year to collect holiday cards for nursing homes all across the country. Last year she collected 3,800. I know we can top that.
And, there are Prizes!
Lots of Prizes!
Today through Monday, some lucky blog hoppers are going to win prizes from Bella Boulevard, Hero Arts. Lawn Fawn, Avocado Arts, May Arts, Two Peas In A Bucket, and Jennifer McGuire. Gracious.
Just jump onto this Caring Hearts Card Drive Blog Hop and leave comments at the blog stops along the way. Vera will randomly pick winners from the comments, so the more stops you make and comment love you leave, the better your chances are. You have the whole weekend to blog hop, but be sure to get your comments in before midnight Monday, November 5 (CST).
For a complete list of blog hop participants and prizes, just visit Vera's blog, Ling's Design Studio.
You can get all the important details for how to get your holiday cards to Vera and earn chances for even more prices here: Caring Hearts Card Drive.
Your next stop along the Caring Cards Card Drive Blog Hop
is at Trinh's Cardediem.com.
You're in for a special treat there.
[Edited to add: After reading your comments I realized how sad this story was to all of you without the added knowledge of what the facility was doing to help their situation. I'm sorry to give you such a sad story. So I thought you all might like to know that the facility is working with the gentleman's medications and routines so he can overcome some of the behaviors that placed him in the secure unit. It was difficult for him in the beginning for them to bring his wife to him to visit, but he is adjusting more and able to visit with her twice a day. They have also started bringing him out of the secure unit during the supervised activities, like Bingo. There are miracle workers in the nursing homes that are doing everything they can to keep these two lovely people together. Your holiday cards will help them and other residents like them.]
The big snowflake tag is a Silhouette Cameo cutting file (see below) covered with some course crystal glitter and popped up to fit one of the little snow dudes inside. The crepe paper borders are from Me & My BIG Ideas. I'm sorry I couldn't find a source for you. I snagged these at Archivers (Austin). The snowdudes are Copic colored with chalk cheeks and a little paper piecing.
Off you go . . . enjoy the rest of the blog hop.