Angie- The inspiring stranger


Angie- The inspiring stranger

Did you ever meet a total stranger, and know ,that you know ,that this individual is someone unique, authentic, organic, a rare breed?

A force to be reckoned with and leaving you wanting to know more about this total stranger ?

How can one be inspired in a happenstance meeting ?

Was it the words she voiced, or the way she delivered her words, the careful words that she choose?

Or the importance of the  volume / tone or how she was deliberate and intentional with her hesitation ?

As well as, how she did fire off words with passion and straight from the hip with out any hint of a filter all rolled up into one?

Or what she did not say

I knew I would see her again because of our now professional ties, I just didn’t know when.

One day while I was at my hospice patients house

A lady , complete stranger, came up to me and  said hello, my sister just passed away last month and we had the most amazing woman, God fearing, kind, compassionate, and yes she did shoot from the hip.

But it was not just the care she gave my sister and I, it was the directness, the education, the time she took to prepare us, yes she, I guess spoon feed us, and met us where we were to a point .

Her directness was actually a gift!

It was what we needed to hear, not what we wanted but the conversation had to happen! No easy task i am sure .

Shoot from the hip has a new meaning to me ”much appreciated.

This grieving sister Shelia ,  this new stranger had become a new inspiration for me.

The sister said ” would you happen to know Angie?  Yes , it was the same Angie

Sheila  continued  speaking with her experience with Angie . She tearfully and painfully described how her sister had a rough life , lot of regrets and remorse .

The sister nor patient had shared any of this with Angie , it had really become a “ family secret “

However , Angie being Angie , pulled the sister aside one day and said “ I really think Pam is experiencing what we call terminal restlessness, it appears  she may have unresolved issues “

Oh my gosh !Oh my gosh ! How did you know ?  You see………

Pam also knew a stranger

When she was only 16 years old she became pregnant and had no choice but to give her son Blake up for adoption.

She was not allowed to have a picture or anything personal related to Blake nor was anyone in this family allowed to speak of Blake .

Pam went on to marry multiple times and unable to have  children and / or had a hard time letting people in. Decades of carrying an open wound .

Angie gave Pam the morphine for pain per doctors order but she knew thru years of experience that morphine does not help what she calls soul pain .

Angie thought about Pam and tried to envision how Pam’s young life’s choices had effected her every day life .

And now at 88 years old  and on her death bed it remains with her .

Angie called Shelia and asked her to come over as soon as she could , that she had a gift for Pam , Shelia and yes Blake .

When Shelia arrived she handed a soft blue baby blanket and asked Shelia to give it to Pam .

With shaken hands and tears falling she placed the blanket on Pam’s chest and said I love you , and Blake.

Pam opened her eyes, tears rolling gently down her face, she held and patted the little blue blanket , her furrowed brow became no more , her pain was disappearing.

She held her blanket to her cheek and in a faint voice  said “I have always loved you Blake “

Pam passed away at 237 am exactly 35 min after uttering those words “ I have always loved you Blake “

Everyone has been hurt , Everyone has a story .

Are you an inspiring stranger ?

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Elaine $ Scarlett

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Different words that Inspire the soul

Life’s Daily Inspiration-words that inspire

Different words that Inspire the soul

Different words mean different things to different people in there daily walk through life . Like for instance the word car to some might mean a beautiful red BMW. And to some one else that same word conjures up a mental visual of a 57 Chevrolet.

I would like to share with you a couple of the  words that inspire the soul for me.

Sharing a memory

The word “cooking”, some of my earliest memories are of my dad teaching me to cook.

He would stand me up in a chair and then let me add the ingredients as a young child.

My dad was a cook in the Navy in his late teens and early twenty’s.  He was a good teacher because he was passionate about cooking. He was taught by his mother, who with 10 children had to have help from the older ones.so by the time he went to the Navy he had a good grasp on the “how to” in cooking. But, that’s another story for another day.

Learning the how to’s of the kitchen

My father showed me how to use a cookbook as a tool and that just because it said, to use 1 cup of sugar didn’t mean you couldn’t change the amount. And that changing those ingredients to suit your taste was what made a good cook. That being able to think outside the box was a good thing for a cook to learn.

For instance I have never liked or enjoyed overly sweet desserts so when I make cookies or pies I will adjust the sweetness according to my tastebuds. If the cookie recipe calls for 11/2 cups of sugar I will try 1 cup. You get the idea I’m sure.

He taught me a deep satisfaction in a job well done that you could see as well as taste

and enjoy.

Another skill learned along the way

At around age 35 I started doing catering for other people’s special occasions. On weekends and off days.  To me something I love so much could never be considered work. It’s like going to the ocean for weekend for me it’s so relaxes me and fills me full of special fond memories of my dad and home in our kitchen which inspires me to cook more.

I’ve added a few photos of things I have made  at some weddings , some at baby showers ,and wedding showers.

Baby carriage carving              Pumpkin carving     

 

My next word to inspire my soul is “Art”

Another word that inspires my soul is “Art”wethers is sketching, water colors, painting, or crafts that show art.  Even woodworking to me is a form of art. But for the purpose of this article we will try to limit it to the art of food carvings. Nearly everyone is familiar with the carved flowers at Chinese restaurants and carved cantaloupes seen in some fancy restaurants.  Just to give you a visual those are good examples.

While I am self taught primarily through books and internet as I’ve said before I believe you can learn to do anything there are no limits except the ones we create for ourselves And my Hobbies are all great sources of stress release and relaxing to me in through and while doing many years of hospice.

  And last for me but,not least Music for my soul

My next word that inspires my soul would be “Music” this is one of mt favorite things when I’m tired from a long emotional packed day working. Or maybe just sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee as the Sun comes up. Before the day even starts. Listening to the music, letting seep into my soul and give me peace all the way to my toes.

Well some I’m sure are asking what I like to listen to for me it’s instrumental gospel songs. And I just let the Angels sing the words straight to my soul to bring peace, healing, comfort and joy.

Figure out what inspires you,to be you!

And most of the time wether I am cooking, carving, woodworking, or sitting in my easy chair I will put my head phones in for my music fix. And almost always in the car going from place to place.

While I could think of a few other things that inspire me these are the most important ones.

Let Me ask you what words inspire you to the soul and define who you have become?

Elaine and I would love to hear your answer and thank you for reading with us today.

Have a blessed day!

Elaine and Scarlett