(This post is a continuation of Her Name is Georgia, Parts 1-6. Please read the previous posts first if you haven’t already.)
“Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
Two of Georgia’s favorite things are stuffed animals and watching videos, so I decided a movie night with her would be perfect. Since it was only a few days before Christmas, I had my mind set on getting a particular holiday flick. Surprisingly, Georgia didn’t own it, so I checked our local library. Apparently, 33 other people had the same idea because I was #34 on the hold list! At that rate, I wouldn’t get the movie until summer, so I called a few family members and friends to see if anyone had a copy we could borrow. No one did. I couldn’t find that silly video anywhere.
Plan B was to make our movie night a game night, but since Georgia has trouble with her eyes and can’t see very well, I wasn’t sure if that would work. Still, I invited her to come over, knowing we would figure out something fun to do.
My daughters, Isabelle and Jocelyn, solved that whole issue for me. They were our entertainment for the evening! Dressed in their green Tinkerbell costumes, they flitted around the living room, dancing wildly to Christmas music. Justin, Georgia, and I laughed and enjoyed the show.
I could tell by the joyful expression on Georgia’s face that she was completely content. I hoped, though, that she wasn’t disappointed. In fact, when I was sitting next to her on the sofa, I leaned over and said, “I’m sorry we weren’t able to get a movie tonight. We’ll do it another time.” Georgia looked at me and smiled. In a soft voice she said, “This is much better.”
You’re exactly right, I thought. This is much better than staring at a television screen. We’re making special memories together that will forever be recorded in my heart. Georgia, thank you for reminding me how precious life is. You may have retired long ago, but my sweet friend, you are still teaching. You are teaching me.