|Front: Mom. Back Row (L--R) Cindy, Me, Grandson Clint|
|Clint and Daughter Diane|
|Grandson Clint and Son-In-Law Ron|
Had a nice lunch in the formal dining room of the facility, and then repaired to mom's apartment for more convo before Diane and her brood headed back to Augusta, a short 2-hour jaunt to the east.
|Las Vegas Night at The Ole Retirement Center!!!|
|Cindy (3d From Left) Tries Her Luck at Blackjack|
And the Food Was Superb
|"I Lost Her To the Summer Wind..."|
|"Wise Men Say Only Fools Rush In...."|
|"I Just Can't Wait to Get on The Road Again..."|
These old folks are a strong bunch. Most of them are single, having lost a beloved spouse years ago. Some live there as couples, nurturing each other through difficult and illness/afflicted old age.
And yet, with the knowledge that life's end is near and the future uncertain, there is a strength and inner peace to these remarkable people that causes me to admire and marvel.
There is humor, too---if you can call it that---in the daily face of death.
When my mom was notified recently that her friend, "K" had passed away in her apartment at the age of 92, she said:
"Ohhh, no!....I loved "K". Awww....what a shame".
Then, after a pause of deep thought, she added this: "Oh well...that does free up a parking space...."
On the first floor of the facility is a table. On this small and very important table there is news of the day. When one of the residents dies (which happens very often in a place like this), a single rose is placed on the table in honor of the deceased. With the rose, a small obituary is included. Needless to say, the table is visited by the residents daily as they strive to keep up with the latest passings of their friends.
Recently, a mistake was made. A bad mistake. However, in the scheme of things it has been laughed about by everyone. It seems that management of the facility placed a rose and an obituary column on the table---but the male resident they announced was dead was actually still very much alive. When news of his passing reached him and his wife, they were pretty shocked. It was also kind of cool, they said, when his wife began receiving condolence cards from their friends. Ha.