Cover photo
Andrea Notter


Andrea Notter

Shared publicly  - 
楊朱's profile photoAndrea Notter's profile photoSarah Schreiber's profile photo
Add a comment...

Andrea Notter

Shared publicly  - 
Scrapbook Photos
Andrea Notter's profile photoSarah Schreiber's profile photo
Na my camera wouldn't put the stamp on it if i asked it not to but the camera is beyond me
Add a comment...

Andrea Notter

Shared publicly  - 
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.
Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.

And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within. We will all, one day, be there, too!

The best and most beautiful things of this world can't be seen or touched. They must be felt by the heart!
楊朱's profile photo
old soldiers never die, in homage to the brave soldiers. he's wise not cranky, what heartening poem, profound sigh for his loneliness. thanks for commenting ! +Andrea Notter 
Add a comment...

Andrea Notter

Shared publicly  - 
Many of you know that tomorrow is my birthday. I'm only asking for one thing this year: Share this post and click this link!

Next week will be my fifth ride with the Livestrong Foundation, and it's symbolic of the fifth year since Cancer took my father from me. I have to say, Father's Day is rough. And since it is falling on the same weekend as my birthday, it really makes me want the only thing I've wished for every year since that day:

A Cure for Cancer.

Thank you to all of you who have already donated. One step at a time, we can beat this. Help me make a change in the world. Help me make sure no other families have to go through what mine has.

I Love you, Dad, and I miss you.
Engineer Jerry's profile photo
Happy birthday.
Add a comment...

Andrea Notter

Shared publicly  - 
Add a comment...
Hey, if ya don't know me, tough luck. However, if you DO know me, shhhhh about my inner life.
Bragging rights
I'm a real live bookworm, pianist, grammar freak and computer addict ALL in one.
shelving library books
Andrea Notter's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
Transfer Google+ circles & connections between accounts - Google+ Help

When you transfer your Google+ circles and connections from a “source” account to a “destination” account, your source profile will be repla


BizarBin- Bringing you the weird and wonderful ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶!!! Updated daily with the best in bizarre facts- optical illusions- and awe inspiring Eye Candy!

The 10x10 Film: Girl Rising | 10x10

Our groundbreaking film, Girl Rising, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of extraordinary girls, written b

Bubble Turkey

Pop leaf bubbles with your Bubble Turkey!

Fun Game Play - Learn to Fly - Play Free Online Games

Related Games. Space Pirates Tower Defence · Haunted Suburb Tower Defence. Space Pirates Tower Defence, Haunted Suburb Tower Defence. Farmsc

ARC Templates: Google Sites Templates

Free Google Sites Templates, Banners and Tutorials. Google sites designer ARC Templates.

Download Angry Birds Year of The Dragon Comic Series For Free | The Angr...

Angry Birds Year of The Dragon Comic Series The Angry Birds year of the Dragon comic series is out to woo the game's followers. The Angry Bi

How to Draw Rapunzel

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" Rapunzel is the main character of a classic fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm. This tutoria

Sidewalk art

Sidewalk art that will blow your mind! Enjoy 12 of the best pieces of sidewalk art gathered from around the world! For more go to www.BizarB

Where's My Water? (Installer)

The game installer of the famous best seller of Disney®!

How To Close A Stuck Program In Windows 7,Vista,XP

Do you have one or two unresponsive programs running but you don?t know how to close them? An unresponsive program can be any program on you

Get a Laugh each and everyday with the new updated GoComics gadget. It's all the comics you know and love plus the next generation of great