It is normal for people to show concern over family members who have health concerns. Especially for the millions of seniors living all by themselves, their family sure cannot help but be worried when they are not with them.
The same thing can be said about Darrien Middleton, a medical staff who works in the emergency room every single day. Ironically, though her job entails saving and looking after the lives of people, Darrien could not do the same for her sick grandmother because she needs to work.
Wilma, Darrien’s grandmother suffered from lung cancer two years ago. Back then, granny Wilma was incredibly weak and frail and her body took months to recover. Sadly, after conquering lung cancer, Wilma who was thought to be a cancer survivor, found herself returning to the same battlefield. This time, Wilma was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Because of her serious health condition, Wilma was constantly persuaded by her granddaughter, Darrien to move in with her. However, Wilma would always insist that she does not want to leave the place she has called home for 38 years. In addition, Wilma also was not keen on the idea of losing her independence.
“She refuses to move in with me because she loves her independence and her home,” Darrien explained.
With her being a full-time emergency medical staff, and miles apart from her beloved grandma, it sure is very challenging for Darrien to keep tabs on Wilma. Fortunately, Darrien’s granny is blessed to have such caring and thoughtful neighbors.
“I work full time in the emergency department in our hometown on a night shift,” Darrien said, sharing the beautiful story of kindness and compassion her granny’s neighbors have. “That alone keeps my schedule very limited, along with being a full-time student. We don’t have much family here, so getting Nana back and forth to treatment every day and being able to check on her frequently (or as much as I would like) has been difficult for me to do. This is where her beautiful neighbors come into play.”
Having a good relationship with her, Wilma’s caring neighbors took it upon themselves to check on her well-being from time to time.
“They check on her multiple times throughout the day and have even helped me get her to chemotherapy and radiation appointments. They are honestly what keeps Nana going. I can’t go over to her home without someone at some point yelling ‘Hey Ms. Wilma, How ya doing?’ She knows everyone by name and they know and love her just as much as I do.” Darrien added, citing the different ways her granny’s neighbors showed that they genuinely care for her.
Surprisingly, among Wilma’s caring neighbors, the 7-year-old Caleb surely stands out the most. The young boy does not only check on Wilma every day, but he also makes sure to drop by her home at least 5 times a day!
“My nana is so attached to him and the bond they have is incredible. He doesn’t come from much, but you can tell he has been raised on love. He will bust out a dance move in a heartbeat, will go on and on about how much he loves school, and make you laugh until you cry. This kid deserves the love he has received from this post. He stands out from the norm and brings so much joy into everyone’s life he is around.”
Darrien shared how much of an old soul the young child is. She also emphasized how she has high respect for Caleb’s parents for raising him right despite financial difficulties.
“I am so thankful for him and the love he has shown my grandmother. I know for certain it has helped her on her hardest days. He will never know how much I truly appreciate him. I hope one day he realizes the impact he has left on her life and mine as well.” Darrien said, expressing how thankful she is for the great difference Caleb is doing for her grandmother.
With all of the bad news happening in the world, it sure is refreshing to hear heartwarming stories about people like Caleb. Despite his young age, knowing that he is a ‘man’ of kindness and thoughtfulness, one could easily say that he is going places! Kudos to his parents who raised him rightly!
Photos | Darrien Middleton