Inspiration

By Charles Towne

WHAT!

Many times, just as we are crawling into bed after a long day of living, and I have closed my eyes in anticipation of a journey into the land of Nod, my dear sweet Nanny wants to talk.

I have at times been somewhat frustrated by these nocturnal excursions into the realm of communication, but they are important to her, and usually, if I listen, something insightful occurs. The following is an example:

Nan: “Charles?”

Me: “Uh huh.”

Nan: “I love you.”

Me: “I love you too sweetie.”

(We cuddle.)

Nan: “I really enjoyed that movie.”

Me:  “What movie?”

Nan:  “You know, the one with Clark Gable and Rita Hayworth.”

Me:  “Oh yah, that one.”

Nan:  “Charles?”

Me:  “Uh huh.”

Nan:  “Are you listening to me?”

Me:  “Yes honey.”

Nan:  “Is Clark Gable still alive?”

Me:  “No, He died quite a few years ago.”

Nan:  “No, he couldn’t have!”

Me:  “Yeah, I’m sure he did.”

Nan: “He couldn’t have!”

Me:  “Why do you say that?”

Nan:  “Because I just saw him in that movie.”

Me:  “So?”

Nan:  “Well silly, if he was in the movie he must still be alive.”

(I lay there staring into the darkness wondering when it is going to end.)

Nan:  “Charles?”

Me:  “Yes honey.”

Nan:  “Is Rita Hayworth still alive?”

Me:  “What do you think sweetie?”

Nan:  “She must still be alive “’cause she was in the movie too.”

Me:  “Oh sure, that makes sense.”

Nan:  “What makes sense?”

Me:  “That they are still alive.”

Nan:  “Who is still alive?”

Me:  “Clark Gable and Rita what’s her face.”

Nan:  “What about them?”

(Oh my goodness, I have created a monster!  But then, after all, she is my monster.)

Me:  “What about who?”

Nan:  “You know, Clark Hayworth and Rita Gable.”

Me:  “Huh?”

Nan:  “Let’s go to sleep now.”

Me:  “O.K.”

(I lay there staring with unseeing eyes.  All I can see is Rita Hayworth beating up on Clark Gable.   I am wheezing from my C.O.P.D.)

Nan:  “Charles.”

Me:  “Uh huh?”

Nan:  “You are wheezing.”

(She giggles.)

Me:  “What’s so funny?”

Nan:  “I was just thinking about what I am going to have written on your gravestone.”

Me:  “What are you going to have them write on my gravestone?”

(More giggling.)

Nan:  “She took his breath away.”

(Aint it the truth?)

A CAREGIVER’S PRAYER 

Dear God, thank you for my darling.  Help me to always be ready to laugh.  Help me to be gracious in all things.  Again I say, thank you for my darling.  Please continue to create in me a Christ-like character that you can use to your glory, In Jesus’ holy name I ask it, Amen

Live wholly,

Love fully,
Love God, and make a difference, today

 

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Love this article! I’m still smiling. What an inspirational writer-able to find humor and love in some of the most challenging moments life has to offer.

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