My husband came from a small family. Both his folks have passed on, he has got two surviving uncles (ages 94yrs. old and 86yrs. old) from his father’s side, no contact with his mother’s family side and most of all, no contact with his estranged brother. We are in contact however with his two remaining uncles. The eldest live with his wife (93 yrs. old) and the other uncle, Piet, awaits to move to his smaller room. I want to talk about uncle Piet on this post.
Uncle Piet, as long as I could remember, is a ‘bit strange’. This I would also hear from my late father in law when he was still alive. Strange but a very very sweet man. And my father-in-law was right! I guess the reason for this was because their parents did not really cared for them during their young years, and uncle Piet was never diagnosed as a child with special needs nor got the proper care from anybody. Now at 86 years old, he needs our help more than ever, to go through life enjoying his remaining years.
No he’s not an invalid or anything like that, in fact physically he’s getting better every day because for the past weeks, he has been staying at the hospital’ s unit where senior citizens who no longer can care for themselves are temporarily housed and cared for. You see weeks ago, uncle Piet fell from his house’s stairs that left him unconscious for more than 36 hours that the police had to break his door to get to him.
Anyway, he has never been hospitalized before so in the beginning he was in schock and depressed because of the new environment. He desparately wanted to go home, which he did when he was dispatched but again, he fell from the stairs so for the second time (in less than a week!) the police had to break his door to get to him! Now finally realizing he could no longer go back to his house, he has accepted the doctors’ recommendation that he move to a seniors’ flat where people of his age can enjoy retirement. He is now on a waiting list, we are hoping he gets his room soon. But before that, he is being kept busy in the hospital and just during our last week’s visit, he’s joyfully told us about his first experience playing shuffleboard, and how much he loved it! Uncle Piet never had the chance to play any sport even as a child so this was a great news to hear. He said he’s pretty a natural with shuffleboard that he even beats the old timers’ scores. His eyes actually smile while he was telling us about his ‘victories’. It’s like listening to a happy innocent child. It’s quite heartwarming.
Another game that he has discovered is Bingo! I had to laugh silently because my grandmother loved to play bingo and when she would lose, she’ll stomp her feet like a child and accuse us kids of cheating, ha ha ha! Anyway, uncle Piet was so proud to show me what he won during a bingo game, a head-and-body shampoo! Again his eyes were twinkling with pride while telling us about how fun it is to play bingo and that it also has become a favorite game of his. My husband and I were thinking of giving him an old desktop because he’s got a free internet connection where he is right now (and I’m sure he’ll use it!) so perhaps he can even play WeLuvBingo.com online, anytime he would want to! Come to think of it, I am excited to tell him about the desktop
Photo taken with iPhone 4s
Uncle Peit is also an artist, a good painter at that. What you see here is his reproduction of this still life. Unfortunately he couldn’t remember where he had seen the original nor photo that he’s copied it from. Like his brother (my late father-in-law) uncle Piet is an amazing oil artist. He used pencil too to create some awesome art work!
This is the latest news about our small family. There’s too few of us in this family to create any noise, really.