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To Catch a Falling Star

By Charlene Rack

Thoughts of a former client worked their way to the surface of my memory recently. As an in-home caregiver of the elderly, this happens to me quite often. There’s something mysteriously divine about caring for folks when they are in the vulnerability of their waning years. They long to share their stories, so they tell me everything, and I can’t help but fall in love. This particular client’s name means “star” in Latin, and she was truly a light in my life.

My client was also quite the entertaining character. From the very first time I walked into her house, she started bossing me around, but in a familiar and motherly sort of way. After hitting it off so well during my inaugural shift, she always lit up with a bright smile when I walked in the door, and said, without fail, “I’m so glad you’re here!”

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