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Hearing Your Name Means a Lot

I wrote a post on another site about the importance of human touch and how it is missing from the lives of so many. One of the forum members wrote:

What you say about human touch, Mama, is so right. It really hit home for me after my Dad died and we became Mom’s caregivers. We hugged and cuddled her all the time, but one thing I will never forget is hearing the sadness in her voice when she mentioned that she rarely ever heard her name anymore. We called her Mom, and because she was living in a new city, nobody knew her, so she had gone for months without hearing anyone call her by her first name. After that, my husband always used her first name. But it would never have occurred to me how important it is for people to hear themselves called by name.

Remember, our names are part of our identity and help us to feel recognized and, well, human! Why not take a moment to use someone’s name today…whether it be a family member or the person serving your meal or waiting on you at the store. A simple “Thank you Mary” could be all that person needs to brighten up their day!

Lots of love to all
Jerilynne (aka “MamaRed”)

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Bilingual Breakdown

Late one morning after a large snowstorm in the Midwest US, I was traveling down a not-completely- plowed divided highway to pick up my stepson from work and noticed a white SUV with emergency flashers going in the opposite lane.

I was early and drove around the parking lot for 10 minutes, picked him up and we drove across the road to the grocery store to pick up a few things. When we left and turned back on to the divided highway, we saw the same SUV, emergency flashers still going, pulled half off the road, half into the unplowed snow but, this time, there was lady standing in the snow behind the vehicle.

As we drove past her hand came up in shy wave and she tried to make eye contact. Twenty minutes had passed since I saw her, and I realized she needed help. I stopped into a partially plowed driveway ahead of her, got out and began to walk back to the car. She saw me and walked toward me. As we got within speaking distance, I asked, “Do you need help?” She replied in what sounded like Mandarin Chinese. I made the international sign for cell phone (tapped my index finger of my left hand into the palm of my right hand several times and held my right hand to my ear).

She replied in Mandarin, smiled and nodded. I called 911 and asked for help for her. She smiled, I squeezed her shoulder as we both turned and walked away pleased.

Gil Knight, Wauconda, Illinois, United States

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Two Words Make a Difference

After a way grumpy day I returned home from work even grumpier. In my “wonderful” mood I blessed that “great day” by throwing my bike to the corner and repeating some not very nice words
abou the day. When I walked to the front door of the house were I live (an apartment house) our caretaker had hung a piece of paper.

I stopped and read his message, seasonal greetings, “Frohe Weihnachten to all of you”.

I barely know him since I’m never at home when he works at the house to do some repair stuff. I don’t know if he even knows me.

That made me think “how many people in the house really know him?”.

Furthermore, I wondered who would return his greetings, or say thanks for taking care of our needs when a pipline ruptures in the middle of the night or a heater doesn’t work on weekends.

With that thought, I went upstairs to my apartment. I grabbed a Post-it and a pencil, returned back to the front door and wrote, “Frohe Weihnachten and a Happy New Year to you too”.

The simple two words in his seasonal greeting, and the fact that he took the time to do it…no matter whether he knows the people who live at the house or not…changed my mood immensely and I found it a wonderful gift from him.

Frohe Weihnachten and a Happy New Year to all visitors of this site too!

Silke, Munich, Germany

P.S.–Frohe Weihnachten means “Merry Christmas” in German!