Turn My Frown Upside Down

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When I walked in to the home this week I figured it was going to be a normal visit, even though it never is. We began painting nails and when we got to the floor where Maryam - a senior who I've grown very close to - resides, I immediately went over to her room.

To my surprise her name wasn't there anymore, and when I saw this, my heart dropped. I instantly went to the nurse station to ask what had happened. The nurse there told me she had passed away. It upset me because the nurse was very nonchalant about it, and tears came to my eyes because I was overwhelmed with the news and the fact that the nurse was very dismissive about it. It just goes to show how close you can become with these women and grow such a strong connection with them just by visiting them for a couple of months. After this moment I didn't really feel like being there anymore, and I started feeling a bit down.

Then, I saw one women named Virginia, whose nails I loved to paint. I decided to bring her in to the dining hall. It was about 8 of us at one table, and we all started talking together. There was so much laughter coming from that room and it was probably one of the funnest makeovers we have had this year. I was so amazed to see that sometimes things are not what you expect, because I come to these makeovers always looking forward to making someone smile and have them feel better about themselves. But, this time, it was one of the seniors who was able to put a smile on my face and brighten up my day.

Virginia is a very sociable and kind women. She is 90 years old and she is very strong, she is kind, funny and manages to stay happy. I see a lot of Virginia's qualities in me, and I aspire to one day be able to grow up to be her age and have that amazing personality that she now has. I was so thankful for having Virginia around that day because she literally was able to turn my frown upside down just with her presence.

Although I am extremely upset about Maryam passing away I know that she is in a better place and is no longer suffering. I will never forget her kindness, and the joy that she brought into our lives every time we visited her.

R.I.P. Maryam <3

-Maria A., Chapter President from New York