"Take your coat off…"

Whenever I go to Audrey’s home, whether for a quick drop-off of something-or-other or for an afternoon, 2-year old Benjamin comes running from wherever he is, gives me a great big hug and says in the most welcoming of ways, “Take your coat off.”

This means I’m staying.

As I unzip my coat or vest or sweatshirt, I can see his smile widen and his heart soar.  It is the most wonderful feeling in the world to feel so welcomed.  I have even come to taking off my coat when I’m only staying for a teeny while because Benjamin so loves this little greeting between us.

Today, when I visited my Mom in the rehab center, she was in a rehab class a few doors from her room.  I  wandered down the hallway and watched for awhile from just outside the door… watching her excel in all the things she’s supposed to be doing.  This rehab session was a group one, and all the participants were laughing and having a good ole time.  I loved watching.

When the class was over, my Mom saw me in the hallway and hurried over with the help of her walker.  The first thing she said was, “Take your coat off…” in the most welcoming of ways.

I did.

I sat with my Mom while she had lunch and then we went for a long stroll up and down the hallways of the rehab center.  It was wonderful.

I can’t believe how much I’ve come to love those four little words strung together. “Take your coat off…”  Four simple words that mean so very, very much.

"Take your coat off…" was last modified: February 28th, 2010 by Sharon Couto
SHOWHIDE Comments (3)
  1. I love this post. We live close to my mom and sometimes she pops in after her morning walk. The kids always ask her to take her coat off too! Also when she is over they do things like hide her shoes, lock the front door, block the door…anything to stop her from leaving. Grandmas certainly are special!! Thanks for a great read as always, Sharon. I’m forwarding this one to my mom!

  2. The amount of places you visit and things you accomplish in a day never cease to amaze me! Thanks for stopping by this morning!

    “Take your coat off”…does have such wonderful meaning!

"Take your coat off…" was last modified: February 28th, 2010 by Sharon Couto