Good morning All,
This morning I had the pleasure of reading an article by: Tammy Lenski on the art of Mediation.
She explained how easily communication can go wrong by having one of the students in her class, tap out their favorite song on a drum. She asked the rest of the class if they could recognize the song from the drumming. Fifty percent of the students put their hands up, but not one of them guessed the song correctly.
The article ended with a youtube clip of Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole playing, “Somewhere over the rainbow” on a beach in Hawaii.
The beautiful, lilting music, immediately transported me to my two holidays in Hawaii, smells of lush, damp, undergrowth, and coconut milk filled my nostrils.
So imagine my delight when I heard and saw the lovely circle of elderly folk here at Brenthurst Residence singing and clapping to equally evocative music, as they sat in their chairs between the leaves drifting down in our Autumnal garden.
Strains of “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Saviour all the day long” drifted in the air.
I could only wonder, where, being able to sing “It is well with my soul”, transported them to. Smiles, eyes shining with tears brimming, had me saying thank you to being able to facilitate giving them such a wonderful Occupational Therapist in Imaan Abdurahman who so skillfully reached their hearts and memories with her beautiful song choices and melodies to the extent that as the staff were later walking in the garden with residents on their arms, they too were singing the songs as they walked
What a privilege it is for me to be Matron of Brenthurst Residence Nursing Home as “Mother” to these dear folks.
I look forward to writing more info as to the daily living here in the next few blogs.
Please feel free to comment, encourage us, make suggestions and come visit.
Matron Lizann Painter