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THoughts of an 85 yr. old
Posted On 03/27/2015 07:21:32 by Jane

Happy Palm Sunday weekend! One of my favorite celebrations in our church. It is a "happy" day, and always brought out Palm trees(small) into the church, and the music was very upbeat. Easter Sunday was nice, but it was somber, to start, after Good Friday. As a child, and even to this day, I love to sing and hear that hymn with the refrain,"Up from the grave He arose!"  I remember asking my Dad (the minister) why we wore newer bright clothes at Easter - wasn't that bad?  He replied no, that celebrating Christ's rising was part of our religion and that Christ would like folks dressing in their best and colorful clothing. As children, we had new clothes to wear- Mother made new dresses for my sister and me, and my brother would have new knickers, shirt, tie etc. I see folks going to church, on TV, and I find they dress differently - but hey, they are enjoying their fellowship with their fellow parishioners.  Times change, and I am glad some memories persist.

That brings my second thought- Recently, I learned of an friend having Altzheimer's. She no longer "knows" even her husband. This and Dementia happen without warning - no definite pattern for all because each is varied. It could happen to any of us, at any time - that we could no longer express our thoughts and feelings to others. PLEASE, each day, take the time to express your appreciation of each person who is in your life, so they know your feelings. A kind thank you for something done in the past, that meant a lot to you, is appropriate, remembering things done with the other person that were enjoyable to each, giving positive responses to a person to let them know their worth - and  for goodness sakes- deliberately forget the mean spirited things you have kept in a corner of your brain. Use that space to remember positive things- things that make you and others smile. There can be a day, when due to a stroke, or the above diagnoses when one cannot communicate with others. Wouldn't you like to be remembered as a friendly, caring, loving person, rather than one who never demonstrated those characteristics? I hope I haven't offended any folks by my suggestions, but being almost 85 and still able to think and communicate, I am trying to follow my suggestion every day in my interaction with my family, relatives, etc.  jane

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04/02/2015 10:04:01

 I enjoyed your blog.  Easter is a joyous time for me. I love to sing the hymn you mentioned, Christ Arose! My uncle has Alzheimer's and I miss who he was.



03/29/2015 18:22:55


TOMDD wrote:

Hello! Jane I agree with you 100% thank you very much for your thoughtful writing post!

Tom  I appreciated your feedback! Hope you had a good day, today!  jane



03/29/2015 18:21:26


winterdog wrote:

Great blog..Thank you for your positive feedback., I hope you and your wife had a nice Palm Sunday.



03/28/2015 16:04:19

Thank you for writing. I have thought of writing other times, but have read others, instead. Do have a good weekend!  jane


bushbaby wrote:

Great post Jane! Very good advice for all of us, particularly as we move into and through our senior years. I love the Palm Sunday services as well. I love the palms made into crosses, although having this depends on having someone currently in the community who knows how to fashion the fronds. The whole Easter season is such a mixture of sorrow and joy isn't it? A whole life experience condensed into a small time frame. Thank you for your very thoughtful writing.
Sylvia



03/28/2015 16:01:12

I appreciate your feel back. Have a great weekend. jane


TOMDD wrote:

Hello! Jane I agree with you 100% thank you very much for your thoughtful writing post!

Tom



03/28/2015 15:57:22

You and your wife are a "good" team. Praise to you both, for doing your challenging physucak therapy . I am glad you enjoyed my "thoughts". Continue to write to the group. It inspires others - like me. 



03/28/2015 15:55:33


salfordian2 wrote:

no offence from me Jane, in my opinion if the truth offends someone it's they not you who has a problem,, i had a massive stroke myself last march but here i am reading and writing, maybe not perfect but it could have been a lot worse, easy for me to say, Diane my wonderful wife (salfordian), looks after me like a mother hen, i am a very lucky sausage indeed only one drawback i played and composedsolos on the piano, the stroke robbed me of that, can't play even a simple tune anymore only a big loss for me persoally but small change really not many people survive when a saucer sized clot does a tango with their brain, i not only survived i enjoy every second spent with Diane sorry if i went on a bit, i tend to do that these days, i thougfht your blog /message was lovely,---------------arthur



03/28/2015 14:10:35

Hello! Jane I agree with you 100% thank you very much for your thoughtful writing post!

Tom



03/27/2015 22:27:31

Great post Jane! Very good advice for all of us, particularly as we move into and through our senior years. I love the Palm Sunday services as well. I love the palms made into crosses, although having this depends on having someone currently in the community who knows how to fashion the fronds. The whole Easter season is such a mixture of sorrow and joy isn't it? A whole life experience condensed into a small time frame. Thank you for your very thoughtful writing.
Sylvia



03/27/2015 19:29:23

no offence from me Jane, in my opinion if the truth offends someone it's they not you who has a problem,, i had a massive stroke myself last march but here i am reading and writing, maybe not perfect but it could have been a lot worse, easy for me to say, Diane my wonderful wife (salfordian), looks after me like a mother hen, i am a very lucky sausage indeed only one drawback i played and composedsolos on the piano, the stroke robbed me of that, can't play even a simple tune anymore only a big loss for me persoally but small change really not many people survive when a saucer sized clot does a tango with their brain, i not only survived i enjoy every second spent with Diane sorry if i went on a bit, i tend to do that these days, i thougfht your blog /message was lovely,---------------arthur





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