“I told you, Miss, there is NO SANTA. You don’t get gifts NO MORE.”

WHAT HAPPENED THE OTHER DAY WHEN MY MOTHER AND I VISITED A NURSING HOME:

She looked into my mother’s eyes and said, “There is no Santa Claus anymore  or babies either..or any children. You never see children anymore. Not when you are in here. I used to see mothers walking down the streets with baby carriages and fathers playing in the park with their children. Now I just see sick and old people.”

My mother looked into her eyes and said, “If Santa came in here today, what would you want him to bring you?”

I told you, Miss Claire, there is NO SANTA. You don’t get gifts NO MORE.”

“But what if he did come here, what would you like?”

“I would like an old-fashioned nightgown like the one I have on. It is heavy flannel and it is very warm. My grandmother used to wear this kind. When I wear it, I think of my grandmother. I did not have any siblings but I was close to my cousins and my granny.”

And where is my 86-year-old mother right now?

She is back at the Montgomery Mall…..looking for an old-fashioned nightgown for the lady at the nursing home in Germantown.

She went to Macy’s yesterday but no luck. She is going to try Sears and Penney’s this afternoon.

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