By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee
Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee …2013
The elderly woman sat in a soft, upholstered chair, rocking gently… back, forward… back, forward.
The nurse noticed the expression on the woman’s face. She wondered why the woman had such a sweet smile on her face… her eyes had the softest, loving expression in them. She’s thinking about someone special, the nurse thought…
On the television, the show Criminal Minds, was on. Morgan had just called the blonde-headed woman ‘Baby Girl’. He was always calling her that name. Each time he said Baby Girl… the elderly woman had a reaction to it…
She would smile so sweetly, her eyes would glow with such love. It touched the nurse’s heart to watch her. I wonder why she smiles like that… why she has a reaction when Morgan called his friend… Baby Girl?
The nurse decided to stay unnoticed for a few minutes… watch the woman to hopefully see some clue to ‘why?’…. the woman’s reaction when the name Baby Girl was said.
She heard the name again on the television… saw the woman’s lips smile sweetly once again. The smile reached her eyes… letting the nurse see that once this woman was beautiful… now, she was a faded rose.. porcelain pink complexion, leaf-green colored eyes. She had aged well, considering all her body, mind had suffered through the years.
Very few lines were on her face… her hair was still soft, curly, long. The elderly woman loved her hair… she fluffed it constantly with her small hands.
She began rock… her eyes closed. The nurse watched as a teardrop began to roll down her cheek. She heard the woman begin to cry … her shoulders began to shake.
The nurse walked over to the elderly woman, placed her hand on the woman’s shoulder. “I’m here, if you need me”… she told the woman.
The woman opened her eyes, looked up at the nurse, smiled at her. “Thank-you… I’m so happy today… I have missed my husband… he calls me Baby Girl”.
The nurse asked her if her husband was deceased… the elderly woman told her, “No, he’ll soon be here… I’ll be so happy to see him… I go home today”.
The nurse knew it was time for the woman to go home. She’d made good progress in getting back on her feet after a serious fall. She heard a sound behind her… she turned to see a tall, elderly man standing in the doorway.
She saw the sweetest smile on his face, his eyes full of love. She heard him say, “Are you ready to go home… Baby Girl”?