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Feeling better now, thanks to my wonderful friend and those daffodils

The daffodils are finally out in my garden and I am daring to believe that Spring may be around the corner.

Many of our visits to older patients in hospitals and Care homes involve reading familiar poetry. Many people with varying degrees of dementia struggle with their short term memory, yet are delighted whenever they realise that their long term memory still allows them to recall many happy times. Poetry learned by heart at school is often something that comes flooding back if they are given the right triggers. It might be Shakespeare or it might be Pam Ayres or A.A. Milne.

We always includes Daffodils by Wordsworth in our repertoire . Nearly everyone, it seems, regardless of where they were brought up, seems to know it.

It is such a simple poem but, to me, it does mean the start of Spring and a feeling of hope that there will be warm days and long , light evenings ahead.

So, today, when there is a hint of sunshine and a flicker of warmth in the air, I, too, am remembering, not just that poem, but the blog I wrote a few weeks ago when a simple gesture by a friend, transformed my day.

It was such a simple idea, but that is what Kissing it Better is all about.

My blog 29th March 2013.

This week I have been under the weather. Some sort of 'bug' has finally got to me. I have no voice and anyone who hears me cough instantly moves to the other side of the room.

With snow outside and freezing temperatures everywhere, I joked to a friend that I might feel more cheerful if only I could see some daffodils from my office window.

Later that afternoon there was a knock at the door. My friend was in a hurry, en route to collect her son from school. She was holding a bunch of daffodils.

"You said you'd feel better is you saw some daffodils outside," she said simply.

It was a small gesture, but it made the world of difference to my day. I went back to my desk feeling so much better.


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Jill Fraser

Jill Fraser

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