This is a beautiful park in Central Arkansas near the new nursing home where I am placing my brother J.R. I signed papers for an hour yesterday to have him placed in a dementia unit. There is such sadness and so many tears, these last 3 years, trying to do what is best for a person I have loved for so long. A person who does not know me.
I thought of the song “Smile” which has been sang by so many great people over the years: Richie Rosato, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, Josh Groban. Following are the words of the song “Smile,” which greatly touch my heart.
Smile though your heart is aching. Smile even though it’s breaking. When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by.
If you smile through your fear and sorrow. Smile and maybe tomorrow you’ll see the sun come shining through. For you.
Light up your face with gladness. Hide every trace of sadness. Although a tear may be ever so near.
That’s the time you must keep on trying. Smile, what’s the use of crying. You’ll find that life is worthwhile. If you just SMILE.