call her " my little friend, Rachel" as she is very tiny.
She lives in an assisted living home that I frequent with
my movies each week and she is the first one to meet
me with a huge smile. She writes a column in the assisted
living newspaper called Attiude of Gratitude. She is
on my mind this morning, as this has not been a good
year for her - she lost her 52 year old daughter to cancer,
her best friend, she herself has been in and out of the
hospital over 10 times this year and this last time she
had been in 3 weeks. She is now on oxygen and very
weak, but she wheeled herself out with her walker to
turn my movies in last Saturday and get a few more to
watch this week. She always has kind words, always looks
impeccable and is one amazing woman. She nursed
two husbands thru Alzheimers and their eventual
death and has had a myriad of things happen to
her over the years - but she chooses to have a
good attitude. She always gets mad when she
sees crabby people at the assisted living place,
because she says that could very well be her, but
she chooses to live with an attitude of gratitude.
She is losing her memory but one thing she always
says is " the good thing about losing my memory,
is that I can watch the same movies over and over
again and enjoy them like it was the first time."
This weekend, I kept hugging her and hugging her,
as I adore her and know that she is getting tired
and very weak, as she has a really bad heart.
She is one of my special hero's in life - no matter what life
throws at you, you can move on and enjoy it,
just like Rachel has! As my friend Bob,
at the same assisted living home would
say - DON'T JUST MAKE IT A GOOD
DAY, MAKE IT A GREAT DAY!