Thursday, March 25, 2010


I pushed in the code, opened the door and started down the hall toward Elbert's room. Something looked different. Hey, there's women stuff in Chester's room. Guess Chester isn't coming back. He had a fall some time ago and had to go to the hospital. I kept looking for him to get well so he could come back. You see, he and Elbert were the only two men in The Garden unit at Magnolia along with 15 women. Man, they had it made, all that female attention, only Chester was often gruff and disconnected. He could be a sweetheart if you handled him right, though.

Seems Elbert is the only rooster in the hen house now. He's gonna have to watch out for those doting females. Ruth was his first 'friend' but she was soon replaced by Louise who still has top dibs on Elbert's affection. 

I know that one of these days I am going to get a call that Elbert has fallen and broken a bone or two and then his passage in time will go like Chester's has. In The Garden one day, the hospital next and then to the 'convalescent home'. It's coming. I am a realist and I must brace myself for the eventuality but I just don't like to think about it.



Peggy said...

Hi Latane,it may never happen that way hopefully Elbert will be spared any falls or hospitalization. I like your comparison of the rooster in the hen house!Your sense of humour is still shining through!

judi said...

Ho, you are truly a realist. That is my greatest fear with Papa, a fall.
I know what happens then, just as you do. We won't live in fear though, will we. Nope we will live each moment as it was our last, letting them all sparkle in the sunlight.
hugs judi

Dolores said...

Oh Latane, ..... I love your title and your picture..... how fitting!

It's amazing to me that the women outnumber the men by sooo much.

I know you're a realist, .....and we really need to be realist to get through this passage, but I pray that we by-pass the falling and hospital part.
I'm so thankful for my blog friends!!!

Susannah said...

Hi Latane,
This has been a very difficult part of your life. It has been going on for so long. I pray for you and Elbert daily. I have learned so much from you. You are so strong. Remember....God is right there beside you and Elbert.

karen said...

I pray Elbert is the rooster of the hen house for many years to come. He may never fall and get hurt. Mom as fallen so many times and never broke a bone. Don't know why but thank goodness.

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