Thursday, September 16, 2010

Treasure these moments

In the last week I have had the opportunity and pleasure to be a companion to a sweet lady who has lived a long time. She remembers the Great Depression, WWII (where her husband was a Navy man), and many other things. In fact her memories of days gone past are much easier for her to access than her memories of yesterday.

I have loved being able to spend time with her and listen to her stories and eat lunch with her and shop with her. She is a sweet southern belle and very genteel.  When my two weeks are up I will be sorely tempted to continue visiting with her.

This has made me remember and want to share with you something that I feel is very important.  We are to be taking care of the elderly in our lives. We are to share our time and respect them. If you have family in town that you don't get to see very often I would strongly encourage you to make more time. Bring them lunch or take them out to lunch. Go shopping or sit in their living room with a catalog and pretend to shop. Ask about the pictures they have hanging. Their memories and wisdom are a treasure that we won't have forever. I wish that my grandmothers lived in town so that I could be a companion to them.

If you don't have family in town, I encourage you to find someone to "adopt." Go ask at an assisted living home or senior center, or at your church.

Yes, I know there are downsides. Sometimes they lose their filter on their speech and can seem overly critical of you or a choice you have made. Sometimes they can't hear or see very well and you have to accommodate for that. Sometimes they move REALLY slowly.

But I would argue that these are all ways to help you pay more attention to them, not less. They have many years of experience doing most of the same things you will be doing. They can teach you just like you can try to teach them how to operate satellite TV.

Go forth. Be a friend.

End of soapbox.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Book Reviews Posted, including a giveaway

Hola friends. I have been scarce around here because I am too busy enjoying life to sit down and write about it. But I thought I would pop in and let you know about some books I reviewed recently:

Fault Line: A spy story.
The dollshop downstairs: a children's story.
Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs: kid's story about appreciating where you are.
Giveaway: The Aedyn Chronicles: open till Sunday
The Prophecy: Christian Horror book (I guess that's the genre)
Starlighter: Christian fantasy about dragons
The Rape of Nanking: Chinese holocaust

Anyway I highly recommend you go and check these reviews out. I have a wide selection of books up there for you to look at.

See you later!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Quilt


A while ago I posted in process pictures of my batik quilt.
I then put it on my bed but was always afraid it would get messed up or something.
So I put it up on the wall, directly across from my bed, and I see it every morning. I love this quilt so much!