Ani’s Advent Invitation – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

Inspirational Post – You are Never too Old to be Loved

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Today’s inspirational share is a reblog of Sue Vincent’s Advent Invitation featuring a beautiful heartfelt story by Sally Cronin.

 

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Ani’s Advent Invitation – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin

Well, it snowed a bit here yesterday… not much, not even long enough for me to play out…and then it all disappeared. It is all very well her heaving sighs of relief, but I was looking forward to a long snowy walk! Still, she says that mysterious ‘they’ say we may have lots of snow this weekend. Mind, she says they often get it wrong too… But she’s got her hat and her boots by the door and that big fluffy coat that makes her look like a short-legged yeti… so I think she thinks they may be right this time…

I love playing in the snow. Quite apart from the fact that it might save me from having to have a bath before Christmas, it is really good fun. She plays out for ages when it snows and we walk miles. And while she throws snowballs for me and does things with the camera, I get to follow tracks and scents and everything is really different and exciting!

But it is always best when you can share. Sally Cronin is good at sharing… she helps lots of people on her website and, if you read about her dog Sam there, you’ll know she ‘gets’ the whole dog thing… You could read the new story she sent me too…

Image: Sally Cronin

You are never too old to be loved

by Sally Cronin

He was getting on a bit in years, his eyesight was very dodgy, and his hip was definitely causing him jip. His teeth were still okay; he still enjoyed his meat slightly chewy, instead of that pap that they gave the real oldies in this residence. And if truth be told, despite his advanced years there was still a little fizz left when it came to the ladies. In fact there was a rather saucy looking old gal in the residence four down from him, who despite the silver threads through her glorious mane of hair, still had a twinkle in her eye.

Making his mind up to make more of her acquaintance later when they were all out in the garden enjoying their daily exercise, he closed his eyes to have a quick nap before lunch. He dreamt of a luscious garden full of the scent of flowers, as well as the laughter of children as he chased them around the apple trees. Two hours later he woke with a feeling of sadness, knowing that he would never see those children again. They were grown now and had no thought of him as he sat alone in this place.

There were visitors, who came from time to time, but this was a residence for the elderly and whilst they were well taken care of with amusements laid on and so called enrichment programmes, they all felt the loss of being part of a family. They would talk about it amongst themselves when they were resting in the shade of the garden; out of breath from their recent exertions. They had to accept that they were not going to see the outside of this place again and had better make the best of it.

One day they woke up to see the garden covered in snow and some of the more elderly residents declined the invitation to go out for their usual daily exercise; choosing instead to huddle under the blankets and watch through the windows of their rooms. He, however, was made of sterner stuff. He remembered the fun he had enjoyed with the children; lying in the snow whilst they covered him from top to tail until only his head could be seen. He was not sure if he lay down in the soft snow now, that he would be able to get up again with his dodgy hip. Continue reading . . .

Source: Ani’s Advent Invitation – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

19 thoughts on “Ani’s Advent Invitation – You are never too old to be loved by Sally Cronin | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

  1. As I read this story, I couldn’t stop thinking that it would be an elderly dog, like the picture. Everything fit (though I’ve not seen a rest home for dogs!). Actually, I really liked the sentiment of that!

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    1. Thank you Jacqui.. and I think I would like to end up with a home for the oldies.. sofas and chairs and shared accommodation, lovely garden for them to enjoy their days in the sun, and flirting… perhaps a few rooms for some of my friends to help out instead of an old people’s home… has to be better for you.. xx

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  2. Whoa—thanks for this…

    I’m a 71-year-old, born in the Year of the Dog, sitting here wondering if I should brave the three-day snowfall to shop for food…

    Some stories arrive Exactly when one needs them 🙂

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