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Listmates,
I know that in my own life there are days when I can't help but wonder if what I am doing is really making a difference or not. Perhaps there are days when many of you would also feel the same way. Many of you have it much harder than I do. You have family members who not only do not help, but seem to go out of their way to criticize and ridicule your efforts. It seems as if they automatically know how to do the job better than you do, but when you then try to pin them down and say, "OK, you take over then". they will run for cover. This poem is really for you, the Caregiver, not only those who are actively hands on, but also for you who are now indirectly caring for a loved one while he/she is in a NH or some other kind of facility. Those of you who have already gone through it have so much that you can share with us who are still going though it. Thank you for being there.
Jerry Ham.


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The Heroes of Today

Who are the heroes of this world today?
If asked that question, what would you say?
Are they famous people, presidents and kings?
What to my life do these people bring?
Are they actors, singers, athletes or clowns?
Do they really have to be people of renown?
Who are the heroes of this world today?
If asked that question, what would I say?
Would I name someone who is mighty and strong,
About whose exploits, I would go on and on?
Would it be someone who'd done great deeds,
Whom the world applauds for their wonderful feats?
Who are my heroes of this world today?
I'll try to answer that question this way.
My heroes are those who are mostly unknown.
And yes they have days when they moan and they groan.
But they don't cut out when the going gets hard.
They dig in their heels and give of their heart.
They are husbands and wives, daughters and sons,
Struggling to do what needs to be done.
"She needs to be fed," or "He needs to be changed."
The world they live in, to others, is strange.
They are the caregivers, who travel this road.
The trials they've gone through have helped me to grow.
They are the ones who have learned how to cope.
From their experiences, I too can also draw hope.
Who are my heroes of this world today?
They are the caregivers, that's what I'll say.

© 2000, Jerry Ham
e-mail Jerry.Ham@werner-saumweber.de

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