We got talking-
The older lady and I
It seemed appropriate -
In a room full of second hand
Books for sale.
My favorite stomping grounds
To search for forgotten treasures.
She said- she’d recently moved to
An assisted living facility
To streamline her life.
Her husband had a stroke and
Is now bedbound —
Dependant for “all activities of daily living”
Living in the more assisted part of the
Assisted Living Facility
While she dwelled in a single room
With selected possessions
She felt the clutter in her life was gone.
I remember making clucking noises of sympathy
“It must be hard, you must miss your spouse”, I said.
She said “I breathed a sigh of relief, we are both happier now.”
She said that her husband enjoyed the attention he had.
And she was happy with her books, volunteering and her new, pared down life.