First Person: Spring Identity Unique

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo

Editor’s note: In honor of Thursday being the first day of spring, we located the only person named Spring listed in the phone book.

Clovis native Judy Spring, 68, a licensed nurse, cares for her longtime friend and neighbor. Spring spends at least 10 hours a day, five days a week across the street watching her friend Susie, who is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. But Spring said nothing she’s seen or experienced has shaken her strong faith in God.

Me and Susie: I take care of Susie every day. I was over here every day, and then got a job with a home health care company to take care of her, to help with the bills. I do everything for Susie.

The old days: I bring CDs from home, and she gets real calm with soothing music on. I like gospel, listen to a lot of country and old time rock ‘n’ roll, from the 1940s and 1950s. Sometimes I’ll play stuff I liked when I was a teenager, and she remembers and likes it and tries to sing along with it.

Spring flowers: I have a huge flower garden in my backyard. Last year, after it rained, it seemed like every seed I ever planted came up. I don’t have as much hope for this year because they’ll depend more on me watering them.

On aging: Susie is the same age as me and it makes me sad for her. It seems like she lost her life at 50. And life between 50 and 70 is just as good as between 30 and 50.

More on aging: If I could have a super power, I would have a photographic memory. I was always an A student, but it seems the closer I get to 70, the slower my brain works. I love to watch Jeopardy and game shows, and now they’ll have the answer while I’m still trying to find the name in my head.

Extended family: I support orphans and a missionary in India. The orphans grow up and graduate, and I get a new one. It’s a great thing.

All about faith: A lot of people seem to think if you love God and you’re a Christian, nothing bad will ever happen to you. But God never promised that. If Earth was perfect, we wouldn’t need heaven. I’ve had a lot of trials, but nothing has shaken my faith.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo