I took Daisy on our usual walk loop today: we cross the street, we walk down the road, and then take the loop around the assisted living facility before heading back from whence we came. I’ve met several employees and family members at the facility before, and now that the weather is nice, the residents are beginning to spend time outside as well. After finding out that she was neither a therapy dog nor a visitor to a resident, an employee thanked me for bringing Daisy by and said that she would hope to see me again. Several passerbys have mentioned that she was adorable or asked how old she was.
But today was the most exciting day: Daisy and I met a resident named Peggy and had the loveliest conversation. She was from Limerick, Ireland, and she even serenaded Daisy and I with a rendition of “Bicycle Built for Two.” Peggy was one of fourteen – fourteen! – children in Ireland. Peggy raised her own children here in the US, and one of her daughters was recently made a partner at a law firm at 33. We chatted about Yeats and Ireland, dogs and teaching. It was one of the highlights of my day, and one neither of us could have planned.
I’m now looking into volunteer opportunities at the facility. I can only imagine that there are other “Peggys” inside. I want to hear each of their stories so they know that they are appreciated.