An Embarrassment of Riches by Barbara Franklin

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 9:34am -- AJ Blog


This article has a dual purpose; to thank those congregants who helped me during my recent recovery from total knee replacement surgery and to the others who feel lucky to be a part of the A.J. family, just how lucky  you are.

This past recovery made me realize how grateful I am to be part of this community. It was the first time I was in a rehab facility and totally dependent on others whom I didn’t know. I was in pain, drugged up, didn’t much like anything about where I was or how I felt.  Three days in to the pity-party I threw for myself, I called my niece and invited her to join the festivities.  She happens to know a thing or two about recovery.  She learned from her 10 year old son who was battling cancer. (He’s doing great now.) She listened to me and gently gave me the advice I needed;  “Find you blessings”. . .and so I did.  Thanks to A.J., I didn’t have to look very far.

Here’s to the crew in the hospital, who sat by me and called a nurse when I needed one or talked to me when I was awake, or so they say, I remember nothing about it, but the time you spent was a gift.  Todah.

To those of you who stopped by at rehab.  It couldn’t have been easy carrying on a conversation with a highly medicated person, but it was great having you around, even the ones, and you know who you are that asked me if I had any “work” done while I was in the hospital.  Laughter really is the best medicine.  Thanks for the homemade meal when I needed it, bagels, fruit, nuts, chocolate dipped ice cream cones, the Panera lunch and walk afterwards, donations to the shul and for your prayers. Todah.

When I went home, more blessings; visits, home made food, grocery shopping, walking the dog and the schleppers who ran errands for me and got me to p.t. medicated and on time. Todah.

Now you know why I named this article, An Embarrassment of Riches.  It was to acknowledge what a wonderful community we have at AJ.  Whether you are new or longtime members, no one here has to be alone.  There are people to help and share and get to know you in times of joy as well as times of need.