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A smile is worth a thousand words.

It's been a month today since dad passed away. At 9.30pm tonight. 

My eldest son was involved in a concert playing his guitar today at a nursing home near his school.  I didn't actually realise it was a month today since dad's death until I was well into my morning and then it hit me.  I knew why I felt so lackluster today and kept having flashbacks to dad's last hours.  I ended up with a migraine and had to drag myself out of bed with a 4 year old in tow to the school and then to the nursing home.  I was dreading the visit to the nursing home.  I haven't been back into one since the 15th August.  I'm glad I went though.  The atmosphere at the nursing home we visited was completely different to the one dad was in.  They even had vegetable gardens out the back! Oh, don't get me wrong it still has the sterile surroundings that nursing homes do and the smell never changes but the kids played their instruments beautifully and the smiles on the residents faces made it all worthwhile dragging ourselves to hear the children's concert.

One elderly lady kept smiling at my 4 year old and I'm so glad that by doing something I really didn't want to do, I was able to bring a bit of cheer to that lady's day.  She looked so beautiful with a smile on her lovely face.

So, as sad as my day is, I'm so glad the kids were able to help the residents smile through their day. 

Original author: Mistyhollows
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