We recently had a week where, it seemed, everybody was dying. (That's a sentence that should bring in the readers!) I kid you not! Every time we turned around, someone that we knew, knew someone who died. Among those who passed, were my mother-in-law, age 88; and a friend, Betty, age 76. They both had Alzheimer's and had strokes. They both also were faithful followers of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are comforted knowing that we will indeed see them again one day.
So, in Betty's memory, I have decided to re-post a couple blogs affectionately called "The Betty Files". This is the first of two. I hope you enjoy it. She was quite a character.
After discussing several prospective blogging titles, I was assured by my personal blogger advisor, that I should definitely go with the one I am about to discuss. "Just make it funny", was the remainder of the advice. So, I will do my best.
My dear friend, Betty, is always cold. "Just look at my hands." She says this after saying "Just feel my hands", and placing her hands in mine, so I can, indeed feel how cold she is. She continues, "My hands, they look like white bones. Just look at them." She continues this conversation for several more minutes.
Maybe I should digress a little to explain exactly why she is here on a regular basis. She has lived much of her life in and around Wooster, so most of her family is here, namely her "little mother." Her mother is now in a local nursing home with Alzheimer's. Several years ago, her husband found work in Florida, so they moved there. He lost that job a few years ago, and now works in Wisconsin, but they still have their place in Florida. Anyway, maybe that was unnecessary information, but he flies her back here about every six weeks or so, in order for her to be with her mother. She usually stays with us.
Anyway, the last few times she has been here, she laid claim to my terry cloth robe. It's the shorter style, and has a hood on it, which she tells me, she likes to pull up over her head when she sleeps because it keeps her so much warmer. Now I just leave it back in "her room" so she can have ready access to it.
And now, a word about me. I am currently in the fun phase of my life, called menopause. Being in menopause makes your body do some weird stuff. For one thing, my internal temperature regulator has gone berserk! I am either freezing, or sweating. So, in order to stay somewhat comfortable, I have several sweaters lying around. Brrrrr, I'm cold. On goes the sweater. Arrrrggg. Man, is it HOT in here. Off goes the sweater. I don't even know how many times a day that occurs. So, I try never to be too far from my sweater.
The next morning when Betty walks into the kitchen, I notice she is wearing my(her) white robe, and around her shoulders is draped my yellow sweater. (Ohhhhhhh, that's where it got to, I say to myself.) She proceeds to tell me how warm she is, except for her "bone white hands". I'm glad she was able to stay warm, and mentally accept the fact that I will not be seeing my yellow sweater for the remainder of her visit.
The following day, as I was getting ready to leave the house and go grocery shopping, my black sweater appeared to be "missing". I left the house, did my shopping, and got back home. There was Betty, fully dressed, and wearing my black sweater, underneath another vest. She makes no apologies (none are needed), and says, "I just "found" this nice sweater. It goes with my outfit better, don't you think? (I assume she means, than the yellow sweater), and it's warm, too!"
She eventually discards my black sweater, and I nonchalantly pick it up and put it on. Luckily, I was having a well-timed cold flash!