Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ragdoll Tulips and Sunflowers

Ragdoll Tulips and Sunflowers
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Last summer, I received a beautiful bouquet of red ragdoll tulips and sunflowers, and could not wait to set them up for a photo shoot on my back porch. The pugs were available to supervise, ensuring that any fruit that rolled off of the table was hastily retrieved, though not always returned. The weather today is much like it was the day I took the photo below - sunny, a bit windy, and really beautiful outside.

We are celebrating in Flower Mound Studio, since my mom received word from her doctor she will be released from the hospital and heading home very soon. On the second day mom was in the hospital, one of the nurses led my sister Julie and I to the refrigerator for patient snacks, encouraging us to let the nurses know any time mom wanted something special to eat. As we left the nurse's lounge, she stopped us and thanked us for being there for our mom. She said that often, families are not there for the patients. She repeated the word "often." She said that we made the nurses' jobs easier.

I've been thinking about what she said over and over again since that day. It hurts my heart to think there are sick people, especially older seniors, who may be alone in the hospital with family who do not make time to go and see them. Can you imagine anything more difficult, than to be alone when you are very ill?





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