Primrose resident Carl Spragg
[Welcome, gentle reader. This is the 23rd installment in a series of blogs written by actual Primrose residents. Please return often to read more! — Ed]
I used to be a family physician in the little college town of New Concord, OH. My wife and I met there while attending Muskingum College. I attended medical school at the Ohio State University and Mary became a laboratory technologist there also. We realized that one apartment would be more economical than two, so we married and found an apartment within walking distance of school. Actually, we found the apartment and then moved our wedding date ahead by 3 months to between the 2nd and 3rd quarters of my freshman year.
Our twins were born between the 2nd and 3rd year. The birth of our twins coincided with the beginning of my school’s lectures in Pediatrics so I had my own laboratory at home. (I got an A in Pediatrics.) After two more children and two years in the Army in Germany, we settled in New Concord where I had a full family practice with house calls, hospital work, delivering babies, part time college physician, County Health Commissioner, nursing home care and one more baby.
In 1999, I succumbed to Y2K disease and retired at the age of 71. We traveled all over a large part of the world but my wife became increasingly disabled by arthritis and then Alzheimer’s so we moved to Primrose in 2010 and sold our house to our grandson. My wife died in June of 2011 after 59 years of marriage.
I enjoy living here at Primrose so much that I never even considered leaving. Besides that, I discovered that a very interesting person has moved in right next door and we have found that we are very compatible and are both very interested in exploring the future together.
I have discovered that there is so much more to life than shoveling snow, home maintenance, mowing the lawn and trimming the shrubbery. Although I originally grew up on a farm and can do almost anything, it is much better to be able to pick which things I want to do.
I began attending an art class here at Primrose and have discovered a new world into which I can fit very well. I now have several paintings in galleries around Zanesville and also three paintings of Italy that were displayed in an Italian Restaurant here for three months.
I can still go out to meet with old friends, family and a new group of friends I met through some of the local artists in Zanesville.
Besides that, there are a bunch of nice people living at Primrose, who have a background of varied interests and skills. The staff is not only skilled but alot of fun!
After all, THIS IS LIVING!
by Carl Spragg
Zanesville Primrose resident
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