Update at the end of the post.
Not that many of us have the time to do that, though it wouldn’t be a bad thing if we did. Mental breaks are a good thing, especially with this week of continued terror attacks at the hands of radical Islamist extremists, our President targeting Republicans instead of said terrorists, infantile students running our universities, and so much more going on in the country, not to mention the world.
Not that I wish to minimize the impact on families directly affected by these terror attacks, be they in Paris, or Egypt, or Mali. Mot at all. But sometimes you just need to change the channel to something good, do something fun like play cards, or video games, go to a movie, take a walk, pet your furry family members (I refer to cats, dogs, and the like, just to be clear!), or watch something funny lest the pain, dismay, anger, or frustration become too much.
And so, for this Weekend Open Thread, I want to share some fun things with you to provide a break, a respite, from the horrors, the craziness, and the mind-boggling attitudes of entitled students we are seeing these days.
So let’s get to some mental health breaks for the weekend. Check out these Chow Chow puppies jockeying for position:
Ahahaha, aren’t they so cute?? A friend had that up at Facebook, and I just had to share it. Adorable!
I came across this hilarious parody of a Beach Boys song via HuffPo. It totally cracked me up, and I hope it does you, too:
I think my favorite was the blonde flight attendant twirling her hair. So funny! And the pilot did an excellent job, I have to say. People can be so clever, can’t they?
To pair some dancing with that singing, check out this absolutely BRILLIANT mash-up of old dances and the hit, “Uptown Funk”:
Isn’t that just incredible? So many iconic dances represented there, with so many stars who were doing all the cool moves long ago. Heck, they were doing them long before some of these young whippersnappers who think they invented them were even a glimmer in their parents’ eyes. What a fun, toe-tapping video. It made me smile from beginning to end.
I want to conclude with a touching story of compassion from a doctor for her terminally ill patient, and a wish fulfilled. From Little Things:
In her 70s and suffering from a terminal illness Terry Lee doesn’t have long to live. As a former horseback rider, her dying wish: to see a horse one last time. Terry has no family ,and with limited time her doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Mann, Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System, felt moved to fill this request for her patient.
Mann told us, “She had no idea it (a miniature therapy horse) would be in her hospital room, but being able to be with a horse again was something that was really important to her, and so I wanted to make that happen for her.”
To make Lee’s wish come true, Dr. Mann reached out to Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, and like magic, her request was granted with a horse named “Magic.”
“There’s a lot of things we can’t do in medicine, we can’t fix every single problem, but we can provide some happiness to our patients,” said Mann. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Now you know how I love Gentle Carousel and all the tremendous work they do for veterans, children, those who have suffered through tragedies, and those who are are in hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. There is a video in the article of the meeting between Terry Lee and Magic you can see here. What a moment of grace and joy for this woman, and what a gift from her doctor to call in some Magic…
That’s it for me. This is your Weekend Open Thread, so feel free to share whatever is on your minds!
We wanted to let our Facebook friends, who have been keeping Terry in their thoughts and prayers, know that she passed away last night. Terry was a lifelong equestrian who wanted to be with a horse one last time. Thanks to her wonderful doctor and the staff at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in NYC, therapy horse Magic was able to grant her last request this past Tuesday in the ICU.
“I never saw Terry as animated or full of life as she was during her visit with Magic. She said it herself at the end of the visit: “my heart is bounding out of my chest”. – Dr. Elizabeth Mann
Here is a photo of Terry getting her wish fulfilled with Magic:
Thank heavens Terry was able to have her last wish fulfilled. May she rest in peace…