From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

July 9

My father had been diagnosed with dementia and lived in a nursing home. He became ill enough to be admitted to the hospital, so I stayed with him. He was confused and rarely spoke, but that didn’t keep me from chatting away.

One day I ran out of things to say, so I decided to sing. Unfortunately, I inherited my daddy’s musical ability. Neither of us could carry a tune in a bucket. I crooned, “I love you. You love me. We’re a great big family.”

Daddy opened his eyes, turned and looked at me. For the first time in days, he spoke. “I love you too, honey,” he said, “but you don’t have to sing about it.”

Nancy B. Gibbs

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