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COTA Thoughts

Happy Holidays, for some anyway…

Published December 23, 2012 4:06 PM by Tim Banish

First I want to wish all the Advance readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is always a nice time of the year to get together with friends and family to celebrate.


That is for the exception of some people in a Long Term Care facility. Many have no family or friends to visit them. Some may have family, but they live so far away it's difficult to visit. Then there are the people who don't even realize it's the holidays.


That reminds me of the couple who lived in Florida. Their children grew up, got a college education and moved away. They hardly ever visited their parents, and if they did mom and dad had to arrange (pay) for their travel. So one year just before the holidays the dad called his son in New York and announced that he was divorcing mom. "Can't stand to be together anymore" the dad told son, "so we're getting a divorce. Call your sister in Chicago and tell her." Then dad immediately hung up.


Of course the son called his sister and told her the news. She immediately called her dad and said "Dad, what do you think you're doing? After 45 years you and mom can't divorce. Please, don't sign anything, don't talk to a lawyer. We are getting on a plane and we'll be there tomorrow." And she hung up.


The dad hung up from his daughter, turned to his wife and said "Well, looks like the kids will be here for Christmas, and they're paying their own way!"


If you have loved ones in a long term care facility, go visit them if possible this holiday season.


Until next time, hope all your "Thoughts" are Good-



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