Too much of a good thing

@JudyEv (100381)
Bunbury, Australia
November 28, 2017 7:59am CST
I read a post by Always smiling (@allknowing) who is going to host a Christmas party for some old folk who live in a home near her. I think this is a very kind thing to do but it also brought to mind an incident which happened at my workplace some years ago. The small company I worked with had offices in the administration area of a facility that catered for a number of people who all had dementia of some kind. Every Christmas several groups would come to the facility to entertain the residents with Christmas carols and songs. Through the goodness of their hearts, they would give up their time to entertain others but it wasn’t always appreciated. A few weeks before Christmas two groups had been and done their good deed but when the residents were ushered into the room and saw a third choir standing there in their Santa hats, one gentleman proclaimed loudly ‘Not more bloody carols!’. The photo is of Herc in HIS Christmas hat.
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@LadyDuck (121318)
• Switzerland
28 Nov
I can understand so well, poor gentlemen, he had enough for the rest of his days.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
He was probably only voicing what some of the others were thinking.
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@LadyDuck (121318)
• Switzerland
29 Nov
@JudyEv I know that many were grateful to him, it's good that there is always someone who has the guts to say what he thinks.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
@LadyDuck And people with Alzheimers can be very vocal indeed if they want to be.
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@JohnRoberts (40886)
• Los Angeles, California
28 Nov
Poor Herc. I miss him. He had personality.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
We miss him too. Apart from being good company there is now no-one to eat the vegetable peelings and stale bread.
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• Philippines
29 Nov
@JudyEv i guess they go into a compost pile now
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
@hereandthere We don't have a compost pile so they just go into the bin. A compost heap would be a good idea.
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• Eugene, Oregon
28 Nov
Oh yes! I grow tired of Christmas tunes fast, unless, perhaps they are jazz instrumentals. Alas, poor Herc, we knew him not well enough. Have you taken on other large pets?
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
I'd love another sheep but any pet becomes another thing to consider if you want to go away for a while. We hope to do some travelling around Australia later so best not to have a pet at the moment - unless one finds us of course.
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, we have not looked to getting another dog for the same reason.
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@marguicha (81546)
• Chile
28 Nov
Maybe that person did not like carols. It was his right. And he did not have the filter that sane people have when we think but don´t express our thoughts.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
That's true and no-one would have minded his outburst. Hopefully the nice morning tea after would have made up for it.
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@marguicha (81546)
• Chile
29 Nov
@JudyEv True.
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@amadeo (47715)
• United States
28 Nov
the poor guy getting to sounds like Scrooge.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
He does sound a bit like Scrooge doesn't he?
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@Juliaacv (23050)
• Canada
28 Nov
I know that when I worked with the elderly they used to get so many visiting acts to perform at Christmas that they would go into a bit of an emotional slump part way thru the season, it was all to overwhelming. Love the picture of Herc, I miss him.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
Those that attend mean well but the oldies do go into overload.
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@allknowing (55691)
• India
28 Nov
Let me make it very clear. If you think I will have the same joy I have been having entertaining kids, think again. I am not going there but they are coming over and that is the difference.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
I did say you were hosting the party which to me means they're coming to you. Hopefully those that come will come willingly. It is a very generous gesture on your part.
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@FayeHazel (11533)
• United States
28 Nov
Lol, at the older man for his uh, honesty I guess. Lol at festive Herc the Christmas goat
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
Herc was a sheep not that it matters. We lost him while we were away so I'm glad we have lots of photos of him.
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@FayeHazel (11533)
• United States
29 Nov
@JudyEv Oh... whups -- I clearly don't know sheep from goats. And I am so sorry -- I must have missed that he passed. Very sorry to hear it. You gave him a great home.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
@FayeHazel Thanks. It was pretty sad but he was old for a sheep and he had had a good life. He is buried in his paddock but we still look for him expecting him to be at the gate.
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@just4him (91511)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Nov
Someone was being a Scrooge, it seems. I could listen to Christmas Carols all year long, hats and all. Herc looks good in his Santa hat.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
I thought he looked a bit put out. He did have his dignity!
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@just4him (91511)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Nov
@JudyEv I don't know. Just looked at his eye, and it does seem to be looking at the hat, but he also has a smile on his face. At least it looks like one to me.
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• Philippines
28 Nov
I would be pissed if that was me, maybe he heard more carols in a day than he can handle. I hope he didn't have a hard time.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
Perhaps he went to sleep after they started and woke up again for a yummy morning tea.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
28 Nov
I heard yesterday at the radio that many employees in shops diffusing all the day Christmas carols are getting nervous breakdowns. It is stressing at heavy dose. Bloody carols!
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
I was surprised I didn't get a 'bad word' message but it seems it's okay to write 'bloody'.
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@topffer (30521)
• France
29 Nov
@JudyEv It is a marker of British English for an American, not perceived like being rude. In other words, writing "bloody" on a US site only shows that you are from the British Empire.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
@topffer But I want to be seen as from Australia!
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@YrNemo (8429)
2 Dec
I talked to some seniors in their 80s, 90s, they told me something similar, that it annoyed them a bit when their children and grandchildren kept coming to their places, thinking that they need some cheering up. They expressed the wish to have some time for themselves, just to do whatever they like, not being bugged constantly with people coming going all the time. Yet, they said they would like to have someone stay around at their places during night time or when the weather was extremely bad. It was just the daytime that they said they wanted some time alone to nap, etc.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Dec
There is a time when the children take over as the care-givers but the period before that can be a bit tricky. It can be hard to take criticism from your children or be told what you should or shouldn't be doing. A neighbour told my Mum she should be climbing the apricot tree at 85 because she could have a fall. But Mum just got out of bed a bit earlier and climbed the tree before the neighbour was out of bed.
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@YrNemo (8429)
2 Dec
@JudyEv My mother did the same! My sister told her off for climbing some fruit tree, so my mother quietly did it when she was not around. My mother whispered that to me when I visited her, very proud too.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Dec
@YrNemo Isn't that amazing? Mum was pretty proud of herself too.
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@valmnz (13137)
• New Zealand
28 Nov
That is so funny. I'm feeling like that already this year and its not even December yet.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
We overdosed on carols when we were in the brass band.
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@valmnz (13137)
• New Zealand
29 Nov
@JudyEv Herc doesn't look all that impressed about Christmas!
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
@valmnz That's what I thought. Nice as he was, I think he also had his pride.
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@DianneN (59003)
• United States
28 Nov
LOL! I can appreciate that! Oh, poor Herc.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
I don't think he really liked his hat. He had a bit too much pride sometimes.
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@DianneN (59003)
• United States
29 Nov
@JudyEv I do miss him.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
@DianneN We do too. We still look down to the gate to see if he is waiting for us.
@HazySue (16978)
• United States
28 Nov
I love that photo. It is adorable. I am sorry to hear that someone was so rude when people were the4re4 to bring cheer and Christmas spirit to him. I wonder why he did not stay in his room.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
All the residents had dementia. He would have been rounded up with the rest and brought along to listen.
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@HazySue (16978)
• United States
29 Nov
@JudyEv That explains it.
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@UncleJoe (8474)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 Dec
You have to consider that all carolers aren't necessarily great singers. It only takes one person to be flat or off-key to ruin it for the whole group.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Dec
Certainly someone singing flat or off-key spoils the performance.
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@teamfreak16 (36300)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Dec
Herc looked so festive in his Santa hat.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Dec
He did, didn't he?
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@Ronrybs (7133)
• London, England
30 Nov
Never trust animals who wear hats, next thing they'll be using your cellphone!
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Dec
Haha. I'm afraid poor old Herc won't be a threat as he had to be put down while we were overseas.
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• United States
30 Nov
Oh, that's funny, but hopefully feelings weren't hurt with that statement. As usual, I love the animal pictures you post.
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Nov
I'm glad you like Herc in his hat. And as all the audience had dementia luckily no-one was upset by his remark.
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@LoriAMoore (9949)
• United States
29 Nov
I want to hug Santa Herc!
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@JudyEv (100381)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Nov
We still look towards his gate but he's never there now.
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