This week I have had the chance to watch my dad work with his therapists. It’s been interesting and fascinating to watch how the body responds/doesn’t respond after a stroke. One of the therapists he works with could probably make a living as a comedian if he ever wanted to switch careers.
My dad loves it when he is paired up with John. John makes him chuckle and smile. It takes a lot to make my dad do this. He responds positively to John’s approach and personality.
Sometimes John calls my dad Jimmy instead of Jim. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone call him Jimmy before.
“I need a tissue, John, I’m drooling again.”
“That’s okay, Jimmy, we’ll get you a plant to water.”
John manages to take discouraging moments and find the humor in them. I am beginning to believe this is just as important as getting someone to lift a paralyzed limb off the ground. For brief moments this week, I’ve watched the sun come into my dad’s dreary and monotonous world. It’s a beautiful scene.
Today, go brighten up someone’s world.
Go be their sunshine.