Jim McClarey and his wife Jane
I invite you to look at three brief scenarios for celebrating Thanksgiving:
Number 1: Columnist Erma Bombeck once described a Thanksgiving event in which she received no help from anyone. When she had everything ready, she called for everyone to come to the table. When they were seated, she stepped forward with the baked turkey, threw it into the air, and as it was falling to the center of the table, the men and boys rose instantly from their seats, devoured it in mid-air, and returned to watching the featured holiday football contest. Though this is a caricature, it makes its point.
Number 2: As people arrive, they discuss such things as the weather, by what route or means of transportation they took to come to the celebration, the latest fashions, and the way the world is being run. If there are Clergy present, they are asked to offer grace.
Number 3: New people are introduced, including those who had nowhere to go for the Holidays, and everyone is asked to name something for which they are thankful, after which prayer is offered in thankfulness for God’s blessings. Hope for the future is lifted up, as well as the desire to remember in word and deed those who face Thanksgiving Day in great need. Appreciation is expressed for all who have sacrificed in any way to move our nation in the right direction.
In Christ’s love, Jim McClarey
Halloween costume contest winners
Primrose Retirement Community of Sioux Falls had a great Halloween and enjoyed hosting all the little trick or treaters in their fun costumes.
Halloween morning started with trick or treaters form the Apple Tree Children’s Learning Center. Approximately 30 children arrived to collect a variety of candy and each was given an orange or black bag decorated with a Primrose sticker. It was so much fun for the residents and the children!
We then had a special Halloween meal consisting of witch’s brew, mystery meat sandwiches, frog eye salad, and orange moon cake with worms. Everyone was worried as to what they were getting to eat but when they saw the meal it turned out great!
Later in the afternoon the décor of the grand room became dark and spooky with music and Halloween decorations. We had residents come as prisoners, witches, ghosts, clowns, and even goldilocks made an appearance. Treats and beverages were served with some jokes read and prizes to the three best costumes. What a great day!!
What matters to you as you get older?
When you look back at your life, what will have mattered most to you? We all must deal with competing priorities, which is why learning how to deal with them skillfully is so worthwhile. “Tell me what is important to you”. It’s a tough question. Most of us have a lengthy list of people, projects, and priorities that matter to us. It’s fine to care a lot about a lot of things — family, friends, partnerships, work, community, creative pursuits, causes. But it’s also essential to recognize that you can’t focus on more than one or two big areas at any given time. And you can’t really accomplish more than one task in any given moment.
We asked the people who live at Primrose to share their wisdom with us and we are so pleased to introduce our “Words from the Wise”. Through these interviews with residents, we celebrate their lifetime of experience and the joy that’s possible at every stage of life. Words from the wise gives Primrose residents center stage as they share their insight on advice for young people. These seniors speak from the heart as they share what really matters.
Ed Powell: “Giving my wife a diamond on my 21st birthday was what mattered the most to me in my life. As far as advice to younger people would be don’t waste your resources, always save for the future ahead of you”.
Betty Ungerer: “My family is what matters most to me”. and “Young people need to stay off drugs, that’s a big one lately”.
John Alexander: “I think what matters most is that you are happy in anything you do. Being happy in your job is a big one too, you should live life day to day, you never know if you will get up the next morning”.
Loretta Amick: “What matters most to me is that making sure my family is happy and healthy, and keep in touch with family and friends along the way and be true to yourself”.
Joann Sunnucks: “What matters most to me is to stay healthy and wise”.