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She Taught Me to Really See

During my working life I was an occupational therapist.  At one time I was working in a Day Centre for elderly people. 

One late Autumn morning I woke late, I was having a bad hair day.  I got ready and went out to find a gale blowing and rain lashing down.  Jumped into my car..........it refused to work.  I had to run to the bus stop and waited ages for a bus.  I got to work rather late and in a bad mood.

I helped to serve cups of tea to the old folk and served old Elsie last, she was my favourite and I used to sit and chat to her.  Elsie was blind and she asked me why I sounded so down that day.  I told her why and had a moan about the horrid weather.  Her reply was................

"I went blind on a day like this, and being an artist it was very hard, but I had such beautiful memories of the world around me."  She then asked me to look out of the window and describe what I could see.  I replied that the sky was miserable and grey, the trees had hardly any leaves and leaves on the ground were blowing all over the place, and  there was a large cobweb just outside the window.

Elsie then said " Imagine you are going to paint what you can see, how would you blend a colour to match the mystic grey of the sky, do you see any brave leaves clinging tenaciously to the trees? What colours can you see on the fallen leaves, they are not just brown, look closely at that spider's web, can you see raindrops clinging to the strands like little diamonds?"

I looked again, thought about what Elsie had said and realised what she meant.  Elsie said so many people looked at the world without really seeing it.  She was a wise old person.

When it was time to go home I walked her to the door.  She asked me to remember, kissed me on the cheek and said "I will see you later".

Elsie died that night in her sleep.  I went to her funeral and when a gentle breeze caressed my cheek it was as though I felt her last kiss again, and felt that she really could see me!

mahler mahler 70+, F 43 Responses Apr 9, 2008

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WOW, what a beautiful experinece............ one to keep close to your heart................

really i respect u for u great works and really elsie as she was not only a wise woman but a really brave and kind in heart thanks for sharing story

really i respect u for u great works and really elsie as she was not only a wise woman but a really brave and kind in heart thanks for sharing story

This is such a lovely story, how wise Elsie was.I'm sure your life has changed for the better since you met her.<br />
Look for the beauty in all things. When people say to me it's miserable weather I say it's not the weather thats miserable, it's just your response to it.Change the way you respond to the world and it becomes a better place.

wao...

Wonderful story. Isn;t it amazing what others can teach us. I am glad you shared this story of change!

Beautiful.

It moves me.You are a kind woman.

It moves me.You are a kind woman.

It moves me.You are a kind woman

Type your comment here...I love this story, olderly people have always been my favorite . I have learned many things in life from them. This story makes me want to have a special friend to visit in a nursing home thank you for sharing

Type your comment here...I love this story, olderly people have always been my favorite . I have learned many things in life from them. This story makes me want to have a special friend to visit in a nursing home thank you for sharing

she was blind but she saw better than those people who used to leave their elders in a home where they are forgotten.this story is for those teenagers who has no respects for their old parents

Thank you. I'm going in to work tonight in a group home for the disabled and I've been feeling sorry for myself. I'm so tired...etc.<br />
Your story puts a wonderful different slant on what might ordinarily be thought of as just work.<br />
She was a special woman who "truly saw" until the night she died.<br />
Thank you for your wonderful story.

Isn't it amazing that it takes a blind person to make a person with sight really see. What a beautiful story. I'm sure Elsie is watching over you. God bless and thank you for your story.

oh it is an effective story

It's been a while since I had a tear coming in my eyes while reading EP, but here we go!<br />
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Thank you for sharing this wise story.

Oh woww... I got goosebumps reading this! Beautiful story :)

True to the very last work Geezee!

if this story is true, it's making me cry!!!

That felt really special to see how she taught you how to see things more deeper.<br />
I remember doing work experience at a nursing home. Lilian was her name. I remember feeding her twice, she was always smiling, very pretty, and so nice to be with. She even had red painted nails, I remember holding her hands and looking at them, she said "there nice aren't theĆ½" . I just smiled. There was also a time where I flip a magazine for her. She and I just looked and smiled. <br />
There was not much said but, there was somehthing she said that I will always remember "You will get things you know". I will always remember that special gift that was given to me. <br />
Much more was felt, through a smile and justing being.

Amazing. It is beautiful. This is why I love old people :)

:*( this story is so touching and beautiful, and really made me cry tears. that is a great story, it does deserve to be featured :*( i am also an artist.. she is a strong, strong person :*).

simply amazing.

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this gave me goosebumps there is more truth in what a blind person sees than in almost anything else

Sometimes....Just a few carefully chosen words from an older person, opens our mind and heart to the possibilities of things that we dare not have the courage to approach.<br />
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You touched my heart and mind today Mahler...Thank YOU :D

HI;<br />
THANKS FOR THAT WISE AND BEAUTIFUL STORY IT IS A REMINDER THAT LIFE CAN BE GREAT IF YOU LOOK FOR THE GOOD THINGS; AND ACCEPT THE THINGS; YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OFF.<br />
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SERVI"ES DAUGHTER

Indeed, a very touching experience.. Sometimes you need someone to wake you up, to look and not just stare. Even the most "ugly" winter morning can bring to you happiness, if you just know how. Let's just stop being ungrateful with what we are given. And always keep in mind that tomorrow you can miss what you take for grunted today. Breathe deeply and think positive!

amazing story! very touchy and beautiful. thx for sharing.