As we stood at the door of the room, everything was in a dark shadow. There stood a crib with the familiar digital lights and TV monitors beside it. We saw a fragile tiny baby who seemed to be asleep with a thin yellow tube stuck in his nose. Both my partner and I sighed when we saw him. How sad.
I said, “Come on, let’s sing him a lullaby.”
As we were singing “Old Bones”* very softly, the baby opened his eyes, lifted his head and stared at us. He didn’t cry or exhibit any sign of strain or pain. He just took us all in. Then he put his head back down and closed his eyes.
We finished by fading the song down and backing out of the room.
Both of us were weak-kneed after witnessing what we just did. My partner said just what I was thinking. “It was like an old man just admiring what we were doing. He was assuring us that it was a good thing!”
I told her I had to find out how old the baby was, so I asked the charge nurse. He was 90 days old. When I told her how we sang to him and how he lifted his head, she said that was impossible. He was far too weak.
I thought, End of life. There’s no warranty, is there? We may have been the only event worth watching for the little old soul.
You’re never too young for clowns.
* This is the song that George Burns sang on his 100th Birthday