Stories and musings about life in and out of a retirement facility.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The editor of the Manor's monthly newsletter passed away recently and I was asked to be a guest editor. What follows is my first column.
It’s a privilege to be invited to stand in as “guest editor” in the place vacated by Doris Sisley. Bear with me as I feel my way along searching for subjects that may interest you.
It’s been many years since my little, malaprop-prone daughter flounced her way into the kitchen one New Year’s Day morning, twirling in her constant-motion way and announcing “Well, has everybody made their revolutions?”
I thought that decisions for 2012 might be a good subject for my first (oh, please don’t let it be my last) column. Resolutions.
Here are some of the responses from residents..............
Leona responded with.....”Oh, no, my whole life is a resolution. I’m trying all the time.”
Evelyn Robison said she will take advantage of every opportunity she possibly can to have fun.
Mary Arnold has lots of resolutions, but none that she wants published.
“To continue with my poetry”, said Anne Van Trigt.
“I wish the world health” from Victor.
Art Edwards and Mary Jane Lennert told me at dinner that they resolve not to make resolutions.
Our executive director, Mr. Michael, resolves to laugh more.
Midge Fuller, after reading from our Manor library, "Getting Rid of Clutter", is resolving to reduce her clutter by half.
Jeanne Guernsey said she never has made resolutions and doesn’t plan to start now.
I struck gold with retired Pastor Rudy Kronst who said,
“I’ll try to have more patience with my wife and more insight with the patients at Huntington Hospital where I volunteer as a chaplain. With a congregation I came to know the people, at the hospital the people are ever new.”
Marian Deddo-Smith and Ken Moore were leaving the dining room when I approached them with my question. At first they vowed that they don’t indulge in making resolutions, then Ken changed it to hoping to maintain his indepencence throughout 2012. Marion held firm. No resolutions.
Gladys and Bob Humphrey had nearly identical answers:
Gladys Harris: “I don’t make resolutions; they’re too easy to break.”
Mr. Bob Humphrey: “The futility of trying to keep resolutions in the past prevents my making new ones."
Lorraine Dolan: “What I’m going to do is be more active whether it hurts or not.”
Joan Brooks is determined to smile more.
Simone vows to lose 5 pounds; 2 in the front and 3 in the back or was it the other way around?
As for me, I’m vowing to eat less (in the hope of losing far more than 5 pounds), chew longer, start myself a Windsor Manor sketchbook and begin keeping a Gratitude Journal.
Our little Susan may have spoken words of wisdom after all. In a way, even if we don't indulge in making resolutions, we all make what could be termed "revolutions" as the year ends and we turn, figuratively, to start the ascent into the next year, climbing the ladder, month by month. A word of caution: often, falls occur when we oldsters turn without watching our feet. Cuidado, my friends and a Happy New Year to each and every one of you!