photo from Forune-Keough Funeral home website
It’s been a hot, sad weekend in my neck of the woods. It was in the paper Saturday that a dear old coworker of mine, Dinah had passed away on June 16. I worked with Dinah over a decade ago at at the local nursing home. Dinah was always so calm with a peaceful, inviting demeanor. She was perfect at being a social worker because she genuinely loved people, loved helping them and was easy to talk to.
One day, I played hookie from work to take my eldest daughter to the lake beach. I am not one to shirk my responsibilities when it comes to work, but it was a nice day and I wanted to make some memories. In truth, it’s the only day in my whole entire working history that I ever skipped. Dinah’s daughter was a lifeguard at the beach and when I saw her that day, I pleaded with her not to tell her mom that she saw me and she laughed and said “My mom would call that a mental health day and that everyone needs one now and then!” That statement made me like Dinah all the more, and I told her about my mental health day the next day at work.
After working at the nursing home, I had a job as night manager at Wilson Farms. I saw Dinah often at the store and it was always so pleasant to see her. One stormy day she came into the store out of breath and exclaimed, “I just got struck by lightening!” That caught me off guard and sounded the bells as I asked her if she needed help. She then went on to tell me that her car got struck at the stoplight right outside and it killed her car! Stalled it right where she sat and she had to push it into our driveway. A few weeks later she came in to tell me that insurance would not cover it because they consider it “an act of God” and I felt so bad about that, but so very thankful that she herself had not been struck.
It’s hotter than a donkey’s flaming fire balls in our area over the past few days. I shall be taking a mental health day to cool off with a few frosty beverages later, maybe even in the cold shower like I did yesterday. Yes, I DID actually take a cold brew into a cold shower yesterday afternoon, something I have never done! I’m not ashamed of that either, and I will gladly do it again today since it’s supposed to be even hotter. You see, Life is short, and our moments here are fleeting. We need to capture those moments, embrace the oddness of them and go with the flow! If that flow leads you to trying to cool off with a cold beverage in a cold shower because the 2 fans you have in the house can’t cool down the 88 degrees inside, so be it! Grab that cold beverage and go have a few mental health moments! I hope you all stay cool during this heat wave!