Under the shade tree

Last updated: August 09. 2014 10:31PM - 257 Views
By Marie Faircloth Contributing columnist

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Greetings to all. My article this week is dedicated to Ms. Clara Robinson. My pastor spoke a few Sundays ago about transformation as a Christian. One main point was that you needed to be an “encourager.” That is certainly a highlight in Ms. Clara. She never fails to encourage me on a daily basis. She will tell me “You’re doing a good job.” She is so nice. She has great ways to make others feel good about themselves. It makes me feel wonderful. I love you, Ms. Clara. Keep on using the talents God has given you.

A word to Ms. Faye Gaddy. She is baking goodies for folks at the nursing home. Her inner thoughts seem to say, “When it is my time, I hope people will come to see me.” Faye, I am reminded of an elderly lady I took a home-delivered meal to once. It was cold and raining. She was bed ridden, all alone on that particular day. When I started to leave, she quietly said, “You keep on stepping where I can’t step, then one day someone will step for you.” I pondered those words; they had so much meaning!!!!! It’s true when thinking about paying a visit to the nursing homes, with the shut ins or to just speak a kind word to an elderly person on the street. Share kindness; a hug or just a thought. It will give you peace. Keep on cooking them goodies Faye, your reward will be great. Oh well, Faye, looks like I dedicated the article to you and Clara. Give credit when credit is due!

A shout out to our newest member, Arlene Highsmith. We enjoyed her presence recently at the Senior Center.

The Garland seniors were educated on the different type of Medicare fraud on Monday, Aug. 4 when Stephanie Bios from North Carolina Department of Insurance presented a great program for us. It always pays to check when you get your Medicare summary.

Legal Aide of N.C. will be with us on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Come on out with your concerns. Open to the public. Services are free.

Chair exercise with Richard Kerr is at the center every Wednesday at 10 a.m. He is a blessing. He will warm your heart with his structured Bible session. Come out, bring your Bible and note cards.

We are so blessed to partner again with Sampson Home Health. They will be here on Friday, Aug. 29 with a nice health presentation, as well as blood checks. Come on out; it is free!

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Shirley Thomas in the loss of her uncle. Many of you know him. He worked at the Shell station in Clinton for years.

Words to live by: An ancient Indian proverb — “Certain things catch your eye, but purse those that capture your heart.” Boosting your happiness meter is as simple as opening your heart to all the little joys, just waiting to be noticed; every day brings more. Taylor Smith quote- “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

We do have a seat or two open for the Henrietta lunch cruise. The cost is $27.50. It is due no later than August 11th. If interested, please call Marie or Willa at 910-529-3931.

We are so pleased with the outcome of our senior community garden. In the fall, we hope to do turnips, collards, mustard greens, and kale. It’s a lot of hard work, but the fruits thereof are delicious.

Keep on surrounding yourself with memories of the shade tree. Share when you can. Try remembering old remedies, things like how we took care of sick folk in the community. Please don’t waste these stories.

Mary Emory told me today she longs to hear her grandma’s stories. My grandchildren love old stories. Think of your life as a dime; decide how you are gonna spend it or are you going to let someone else spend it. It’s your choice. It’s your dime. Think about it.

To the caregivers, a word of advice: take care of yourself, so you can take care of others. Treat yourself. Do something nice for you. Accept help from others. Don’t allow the load to get to heavy! Live, laugh, and love! Stay connected to the shade tree of life.

(Editor’s note: Marie Faircloth is director of the Garland Senior Center and a long-time columnist for The Sampson Independent.)

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