|Dianne Cage: Mama, Mardi Gras & favorites|
The first think I do when I wake up, in the morning, is make sure Mike Cage is right by my side. I stretch arms, legs, back and I say my prayers. "Oh LORD, thank you for another day in your world, take good care of all my loved ones that are with you, bless and keep all my children, grandchildren, sisters, family, friends, Mike Cage, my dogs, the birds, my house safe and let me make a difference in another person's life."
My mother was at the nursing home for many, many years. She always had lots of company and spent many hours and weekends away from the home with her family. Let me tell you, she loved every minute but she was always ready to go back to the home. Walking her in, getting her checked in and settled, I would notice some residents that, seemingly, had no family and were always alone. I would just give them a smile and maybe a quick pat on the shoulder and rush on my way. As the years slipped by and when I walk in, these old people, mostly in wheelchairs, would hold me in their eyes and start smiling and sort of shaking. They wanted their touch and smile.
Oh my goodness, you never know what simple acts of kindness mean to another! We may not see results in our lifetime and the acts may seem insignificant at the time, but it has the right feel, you know it is right and it makes you feel good! The mystery of GOD! I love my "Upper Room." I read it most everyday, one of my favorites is Romans 10:10-17.
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Dianne Cage writes a bi-weekly lifestyle column for The Ouachita Citizen. She and her husband, Mike Cage, live in Monroe.