Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
I had put Momma in a rest home.
There simply was no other way.
She needed care I couldn't give her;
Her mind had finally slipped away.
I went to visit her twice daily.
I took her books and told her jokes.
I tried my best to give her comfort...
She never smiled. She never spoke.
Spring turned to Summer, then to Autumn
As life routinely plodded on.
I went to visit Mom one Sunday.
This time I took my my dog along.
I had tried everything to please her
And I had hoped my little pup
Could somehow tickle Momma's fancy
And, in some small way, cheer her up.
Well, I could feel something was different
The very moment I stepped in.
That face that hadn't smiled in months now
Began to show a little grin.
The puppy licked her face. She giggled!
She acted silly, like a child.
She rubbed his ears. He wagged his tail!
And, through my tears, I saw her smile.
I sat and watched them play together
Unit my staying time was done.
I told her he would come back with me.
She smiled and said, "I love you, son".
As I stepped out into the hallway
A row of wheelchairs all lined up!
Small, pleading faces asked politely
If they could kindly touch my pup!
So, one by one, I let them hold him
And watched as they laughed with delight.
They giggled as he licked their faces
And then they squeezed and held him tight.
That night in bed, beneath the covers,
Contented smile upon my face,
I contemplated all that happened
And what had really taken place.
I came to realize the answer...
That it is one of life's true facts;
We all need something there to love us
And we need something to love back.