Friday, August 10, 2018
Foley and Ladybug Try to Help the Seniors Wear Young Bodies
All angels, of every kind, have closets filled with the bodies they used during their lives. We can choose a different shape and be a different age every day. On Monday I am a puppy and on Tuesday, a senior dog. It’s all up to me. Most of my bodies look the same, but it is still good to have choices.
Humans have lots of bodies to choose from. They have little kid bodies, old person bodies, fat bodies, skinny bodies, whatever they are in the mood to wear. Everybody they have ever used is ready to be worn. Somedays I see my human friends as little kids zipping by on their skateboards, others as wizened seniors. Then there are some who can’t stop wearing the body they arrived in.
These people are stuck in their old, broken down elderly bodies. They have inhabited these frames for so long they are afraid to abandon them. Sadly, their bodies do not let these folks participate in many Bridge activities. That is when we dogs step in to help them.
Dogs are often used as therapy animals for the elderly. But at the Bridge our duties are different. We need to help the elderly be young again.
I brought my friend good friend Ladybug with me. She is high energy and always ready to party, exactly what was needed. We entered the rest home where the old angels were watching Judge Judy and wearing blankets to keep warm. Lady Bug, a very brash girl, unplugged the TV, plugged in the boom box and began playing “Gonna Make You Sweat.”
As the singer screamed, “Everybody dance now!” Ladybug pulled an old man up and forced him to dance.
“Leave me alone!” the old man grumbled, I am going to break a hip.
Two of the orderlies brought in the man’s closet full of bodies. “If you want to avoid breaking a hip then change into something younger,” Lady Bug said.
“Bah,” the man balked. “This is the body the Lord gave me.”
“He didn’t give you that. That’s the body you were wearing when you went out of fashion.” Lady Bug barked back.
Lady Bug shook her booty, nipped at the man’s ankles, and threw pretzels on the floor. The man struggled to bend over and pick them up. “If you had your young body you could get these delicious pretzels,” Lady Bug teased. She then picked one up, bit into it, and smiled.
“Alright!” the man whined. “I will put on my 30-year-old body, but just to pick up the pretzels, then I am coming right back to this comfortable body.”
The man slipped into his 30-year-old body then gobbled the pretzels. “Hmmm,” he said moving his torso back and forth, “this body is better.” He ran in place several steps. “My heart rate is down,” he said. He looked at Ladybug. “Why don’t you and I go for a walk?” he asked. Ladybug happily obliged knowing the man would not be returning to his old form
Now it was my turn. I picked a shrunken old woman and asked if she wanted to be young again.
“Leave me alone,” she yelled.
The song was still playing on the radio. “Come on old lady,” I said. “Let’s dance and show these folks how it is done.”
She slapped me. ‘Leave me alone you damn little dog. And put Judge Judy back on.”
I ignored her and danced around being as cute as possible. I nipped at her wool sweater pulling her off the couch. “Come on Grandma, shake off the old coil and come dance with me.”
“You want me to shake off this coil?” she asked. I jumped up and down saying yes. I was really good at this.
The orderlies pulled out her closet of bodies, and she chose a fifteen year old one. She too twisted and turned enjoying how limber she was, and enjoying no longer being in pain.
“Now that you have changed bodies do you want to play?” I asked.
“No,” the now young girl said. “I want to beat your ass with this mop for interrupting my Judge Judy.”
When this old lady was young, she must have been on the track team because she was fast. I ran out the door, and she followed swinging the mop. She hit me several times. I wished I had a younger body that moved quicker. The good news was that she had a body built for speed, not distance and I eventually was able to outrun her.
The next day I returned to the home and saw the woman back in her old body sitting in her chair with a blanket on her lap watching Judge Judy. I decided to let her be old if that is what she wanted. Some people just like who they are.