Thanks to Marion, a friend, for letting me share this story about the healing power of nature.
In the last year of her life, Marion’s mother came to live with Marion’s family. After Marion opened the window in her mother’s bedroom, Helen remarked, “Listen, Marion! Listen to all those katydids and crickets! I haven’t heard so many since you kids were growing up in Lucerne Mines (PA)”.
Living alone in town, Helen had learned to keep her windows closed to keep out the constant street noise. “The sound of katydids and crickets reminds me of when I was raising you kids…it was the happiest time of my life.”
Marion asked, “Do you want to sit outside and listen to the katydids and crickets, Mom?” Helen replied, “O, Yes!”
[Helen had come to live with Marion following surgery for colon cancer.]