Pat, Bonnie, Rene, Dimple, Ruth D., Ruth C., Kathleen, Opal, & Mary
At: Morgantown Care & Rehabilitation Center
Name of Facilitator: Helen Phelps
Name of Writer: Helen Phelps
The old man is walking down the street past a mural. He’s walking home from visiting his wife in the nursing home. Scott Morris is a veteran of the Korean War and his old leg injury hurts him every day. Maybe arthritis has set in. He’s walking the Atlantic Boardwalk. Some of the boardwalk is closing and the butterfly is part of that. After he goes to see his daughter he will come back. He will come back and play some of the games on the boardwalk. He might have some grandchildren even though you don’t see them – they’re crossing the road to go to the park. See the piece of paper on the ground. It’s a check that his daughter gave him so he’s missing some money even though he doesn’t know it yet. He looks like a lonely old man. He’s read to head home now. He’s hoping that things will be better in the future. He’s hoping many things – that tomorrow he won’t hurt so bad, that there will be more food in the house, that his little dog will come home, that someone will just walk and talk with him and help him across the street. The traffic is noisy, his crutch is clip-clopping on the pavement, his old raggedy shoes slap as he walks and he hears birds singing over all of that. His cell phone rings. It is his daughter and she says “Papa, when do you get here we will take you to the Goodwill and pick you up some new clothes. Then I will take you to the store!” Then her car broke down and they didn’t get to go that day but tomorrow she will borrow a car from her brother and take him and get him some real nice clothes, good food, and take him back home.