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The Bookcase

Marilyn's father, Amos; Grandma Emmabelle; her mom in the dark skirt; Marilyn; and one of her mom's older brothers, Gordon.

July 17, 2020
Lewis Center, Ohio - For the past several years, I have been on a journey as an STNA. I began blogging about my journey from day one. Although I am still on that journey, I am also on another journey. An administrator journey. A path that I hadn't walked for a long time. I wanted to start sharing these experiences in my blog. This dual journey as an STNA/Administrator. The joys of daily interactions with my residents, families, and staff are something I have always cherished since I began my career in long-term care. I am thrilled to get to experience first hand once again.

One of the first residents I met at Capri Gardens was Marilyn Hall. Marilyn transferred to my skilled nursing facility from another nursing home. She told me when she moved they forgot her bookcase at the other place. I was so busy the first week that I kept forgetting to go over to the other facility and see if they had it. She asked me several times and I finally made it a point to call and see if they had it. They did, so I ran over and picked it up. It wasn't anything special - just a small bookcase that looked fairly old. However, when I brought it into Marilyn's room, her eyes lit up, and she smiled and exclaimed, "You found it!" Marilyn immediately began to tell me the story of her bookcase. She said, "My father built it for me and it's the last thing I have of his to remember him by." I could feel my eyes welling up. Marilyn told me how she loved to read as a child. Her father, Amos, would take her to the Van Wert County Library every Saturday night so she could load up on books for the week. She had so many books that her dad figured it was time to build her a bookshelf to keep them organized and not in piles on the floor.

Isn't it interesting that when we take the time to learn someone's story, how much sense everything begins to make? That is one of the most special things that I am enjoying about my administrator journey again: getting to know my residents, listening to their stories, and learning life lessons from the conversations.

The life lesson I took away from my conversation with Marilyn is how beautiful something so ordinary is once you learn the story behind it. That little bookcase never looked more beautiful. Every time I'm in her room and see that bookshelf, I think of Marilyn's dad, and his love for her expressed through that simple bookcase.

"Sometimes you will never know the value of something until it becomes a memory."

Dr. Seuss



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