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  • Bonus grandparents

    Dear Unsealers,

    I have 30+ grandparents, isn’t that crazy? To be truthful though, they are mostly all other people’s grandparents that I get to work with for a living. That’s right, my job is to create group activities for a dementia unit in a nursing home and I get the pleasure of working with 30+ elderly individuals every day. When I began working at this job I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. The passion I would almost instantly develop for my (now) dream job, how lucky am I? My go-to hobby has always been fine arts; drawing, painting. I’ve always loved arts and crafts, too! At the nursing home I get to do these things and more, with the patients. I get to mix my favorite things, with my new favorite people! The elderly residents of the nursing home are so precious to me, I have grown such a special bond with each and every one of them which is why it feels like a bunch of bonus-grandparents! I’m so lucky to have a job I adore this much. My husband and father both suffer from different forms of dementia and I learn a lot about the disease at work, to bring home to my family to help guide me through the tough times with them. Nothing can prepare you for dementia with a family member, not even working on a dementia unit; but I feel like I’m where I belong. It has changed my life for the better, for sure. I am a much more patient person than ever before, and I owe it all to the bonus-grandparents I’ve gained at my job.

    Love always,
    Sherry

    Sherry Noble

    Voting starts June 17, 2024 12:00am

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  • Sherry Noble shared a letter in the Group logo of PoetryPoetry group 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Mom

    When asked my biggest fear, I close my eyes and imagine what my life would be like without you, and that moment alone is terrifying enough that I already have my answer without having to blink again. My biggest fear is having a great day, or a horrible day, and not being able to call you anymore to tell you about it. My biggest fear is needing an old favorite recipe and knowing you’re the only one who has it and now I’ve got no one to ask anymore. When the holidays come along and I don’t want any gifts but you always asked for a wish list, I’m scared I’m going to wish you were here and be sorely disappointed when you don’t come through like you always have before. Part of my job as a daughter is to open my heart up as wide as it goes and take in all the advice, stories, wisdom, and love while I can so if you leave before I do I’ll have enough to keep me going. I just don’t know if or when that day ever comes if I will know what to do, who to call, when to cry, where to fall. You have always been my roller coaster sidekick and I don’t know if I trust this ride without you. If you ask me what my biggest fear is in life, it’s having a life without you in it, mom.

    Sherry Noble

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    • Sherry, your heartfelt words express the deep love and fear of losing your mom. The thought of not being able to share your joys, seek advice, or have her presence during the holidays is terrifying. You have cherished her wisdom, stories, and love, and the idea of navigating life without her feels overwhelming. Your bond is strong, and it’s…read more

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  • Keep Reading

    This life is much like a book of poems, it changes things up as you go, some poems shorter than the last, some make you cry some make you laugh. Never did I expect that book to last. Never thought I’d live past 33, and now I’m 36. It must be some type of magic, luck, or something else. I’m so grateful for each decade that passes, whether I messed them all up or not- this one is my favorite. I renewed my vows because love conquers all. I love that man. I went back to an old job where I love it and miss it when I’m not there, who knew I’d love my job so much one day? I’ve made so many friends the past couple of years. My family is growing, and no, I’m still never having a child. This is the best chapter of my life if you subtract the finances., they’ll ruin anyone’s day at this point though. I feel like im on the verge of turning the page to start another new chapter and I think I’ll love that one even more,

    Sherry Noble

    Voting starts July 1, 2024 12:00am

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  • Find the sand

    Maybe I’m here because I didn’t really want to go
    This life is overwhelming and my eyes had surely lost their glow
    For a while there was nothing anyone could do or say
    All I wanted was to find a way to leave, just go away
    But I managed to pull myself out from underneath the darkness
    It took some time but I did it, regardless
    Who what where when and why?
    I have no answers for the agony
    I just wanted to die
    “Tie a knot and hold on, I guarantee”
    “When you’ve reached the end of your rope..”
    Well I’m no cub scout
    But I tied a knot and stayed afloat
    I swam to the shore
    I wiped the sand off my feet
    Put my shoes on
    And beamed cheek to cheek
    For a smile awaited me on the land
    Where I shook off the weight of the world (and the sand)
    I’m alive because I didn’t really want to go
    This life is overwhelming, I’ve got it this time, though.

    Sherry Noble

    Voting starts May 16, 2024 12:00am

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  • Find The Perfect

    Dear Unsealers,
    Sometimes it’s fun to “make pretend,” right? We all know there’s no such thing as a perfect world, or a perfect person, or a perfect day even. For a moment here I am going to pretend that I can plan out a perfect day and tell you all about how it played out for me.
    I woke up to the smell of bacon and eggs, and the sound of my cat purring softly in my left ear. To my right was an empty space where my husband normally lies, but he was in the kitchen making breakfast which is unusual for a weekday. I threw on some comfy clothes and made the bed, hugged my husband from behind and thanked him for the delicious looking food I then enjoyed while watching the news as we always do. We decided to go take a walk in the nearby trail a few miles from our house, in our comfy clothes, and watch the tail end of the sunrise between the trees over the lake we were circling. No one was there because like I said, it was a weekday. I wasn’t working this day. When we got back to the car we turned on my favorite song, drove around a bit, and stopped by a small local beach to take pictures. I love taking pictures at the beach! Soon it was lunch time and we ordered sushi to go- my favorite. The perfect day was flying by, and I was enjoying every moment of it. We got home and ate our food, I took out my art supplies and painted a picture. Painting always makes me happy. Being home with my husband and cats makes me feel at peace. I LOVE daytime naps, so in a perfect day, I obviously took a little nap. In a perfect day, it wouldn’t have to end, right? So did my perfect day ever end?
    I’m here to tell you, every day may not be perfect, but you can find something perfect in every day. From that perfect day forward, I choose to look for the perfect part of every day. Oh, and I promise it wont always start with someone else cooking for me- I do enjoy cooking!

    Sherry Noble

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    • Sherry, your description of a perfect day is filled with love, joy, and simple pleasures. Embracing the imperfect and finding something perfect in each day is a beautiful mindset. Keep cherishing the moments, whether it’s cooking, painting, or enjoying the company of loved ones. Your positive outlook will make every day a little bit more perfect.

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