Friday, January 06, 2012

"When Swing Was King" Is Good Medicine

I'm still dealing with the distracting pain of this cracked tooth and the resultant raw nerve so yesterday was a bit rough. True, I've been prescribed painkillers but I didn't react well to them Wednesday so I'm avoiding those. Still, with God's grace (part of which is given through Claire's assistance), we had a good day. I blogged in the morning. Claire cleaned the house and baked cookies. And then we took off in the afternoon for Life Care Center.

We had our first of 2012's "When Swing Was King" programs scheduled at LCC and we were looking forward to it. LCC was where my Mom lived the last two years of her life and it was there that we first debuted "When Swing Was King" in the summer of 2010.

As always, the staff and residents there gave us a great reception. There were about 22 on hand for the music, Power Point and commentary. The edition we're leading off with in January includes Glenn Miller's version of "King Porter's Stomp," Duke Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," Guy Lombardo's "Boo Hoo," Ray Anthony's "Stars Fell on Alabama," Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and many more. Terrific tunes all.

Before we got the music started we visited around with the residents and Claire went down to each nursing station to drop off a plate of cookies.  It's not the only reason the staff likes us to visit -- but it's a good one! She also had a plate for the office staff and even a few specifically set aside for the maintenance crew.

After the program, we visited some more and then we filled up all the bird feeders around the place. As you can imagine, it was a bit sad when we filled the ones outside Mom's old room but the thought of her smiling down from heaven in a body unwracked by pain or with a mind unaffected by dementia (instead of looking out the window from her wheelchair) really lifted our spirits. God be praised for the rich and eternal inheritance of those who trust in Christ's sacrifice as payment for sins!

So, yes; yesterday was a day of blessing that even a bad toothache couldn't negate. Thank You, Lord.