Joree turns 23 today. I’m not sure she has any idea that it is her birthday, nor is she too concerned with her age. Joree lives a day at a time without any cares or concerns. She has been smiling and joyful since the day we brought her home. Don’t we all wish it could be that easy. Joree embraces dependence.
It is hard to imagine that she has been with us for all but six months of her life. I remember clearly the day Jillian brought her home. It was an instant love affair. She captured our hearts and there was never a doubt about her becoming a part of the family.
I have countless memories. My favorite was when Joree had just come back to her room after her back surgery. She was incredibly uncomfortable and hooked to a dozen machines providing her some relief. The doctor said she had to be up in her chair for an hour to help with the healing. I couldn’t believe it. I had to help the nurses put her in her wheel chair for an hour. Like the champion she is she took it without a whimper, until she just couldn’t take it anymore. I pleaded with the nurse to let her return to her bed. She agreed and we gently placed her back. With eye’s red and swollen she looked up at me, and said, “Thank You.” It was the first time I ever heard her say that.
Jillian and I can tell you without any hesitation that Joree has done more for us and our understanding of life than we could have ever done for her. Celebrate with her today. If you think of her she would want you to smile…so smile and be grateful you have the gift to be dependent on the King of the Universe.
Happy Birthday Joree!!