Saturday, December 28, 2013

Rock Away Rest

'Twas the night before Christmas at Rock Away Rest, and all of us seniors were looking our best. Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry; Our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry.

An old bed sock was taped to each walker in hope That Santa would bring us soft candy and soap. We surely were lucky to be there with friends, Secure in this residence and in our Depends.

Our grandkids had sent us some Christmassy crafts, Like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts. The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth, And from them she'd crafted a holiday wreath.

The bedpans, so shiny, all stood in a row Reflecting our candle's magnificent glow. Our supper so festive (the joy wouldn't stop) Was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top.

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great, Then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate. The social director then had us play games, Like "Where Are You Living?" and "What Are Your Names?"

Old Grandfather Cooper was feeling his oats Proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats. Our resident wand'rer was tied to her chair, In hopes that at bedtime she still would be there.

Security lights on the new fallen snow Made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below.

Then out on the porch there arose quite a clatter (But we are so deaf that it just didn't matter).A strange little fellow flew in through the door, Then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor.

‘Twas just our director, all togged out in red. He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head.We knew from the way that he strutted and jived Our social security cheques had arrived.

We sang (how we sang) in our monotone croak, ‘Til the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke.And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds. While nurses distributed nocturnal meds.

And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest. ‘fore long you'll be with us, We wish you the best!


linda eller said...

In one way, it would be nice for someone else to do it all for a change! I will be there soon I suppose. Enjoy your Saturday.

Wanda said...

Now that is priceless.

How soon will that be my song??

Lois Evensen said...

:) love it!

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

If only those places were as calm and simple as worded here!
I do not look forward to going there:(