Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen inspiration ’

ON OUR WAY

Sep 27th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

We are on our way, literally, to a new chapter in our lives. We have discussed here before the wisdom of making changes periodically in our lives. So here we go. After 15 years of retirement living, having moved from Arizona to Texas, we are on our way back to the desert, where grandchildren, our daughter and husband, Sharon’s siblings and our church home are. Hopefully we may coerce our son and his significant other our way ere long.

It is, to be sure, though exhausting, energizing as well. Loaded and overloaded we saw the huge truck pull away yesterday afternoon. There was then no time for nostalgia. Friends dropped by bidding their farewells. A hint of sadness crossed our faces and touched our hearts.



WHEN THE CALENDAR CALLS

Sep 21st, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Two dates collide in our family every year. Both come in the same month. They mark my father’s birth, September 16, and my parents’ anniversary, September 19. This year marked Dad’s 97th year. He died in 1995. Mother and Dad would have celebrated their 76th year of marriage this year, having been married in 1936. Mother is 92, approaching her birthday on November 2.

That gets more difficult to remember with each passing year. The calendar calls with every turning of the page. It brings us up short to recall the significant events in one family’s history. It nudges us to remember special occasions, events of moment like celebrations, but also passings and pains.



WHEN DEADLINES PRESS

Sep 17th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

With only a few short days pressing down upon us before the Auction Crew and Moving Truck arrive, the deadline of having everything packed and in place presses more heavily upon us.

The inevitable looms and with it the pressure of having to do more than human effort should require. The demands, choices and decisions not only create the circumstance, but the will to accomplish what must be done.
It is not helpful to anticipate what awaits at the other end. Its demands and choices will nudge you into accomplishing what must be when the time comes.

Exhaustion notwithstanding the necessity of achievement will prevail.



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 09/16/ 12

Sep 16th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Perhaps, the trees have been conversing with this senior of late. In the process of a move, we took a short break to visit our cousins on the adjoining property. Enroute, there were signs of recent storms, fallen limbs, downed fences, a gate crushed and heavily damaged, scattered debris along the roadway.

Maybe the limbs are saying, wait a while. Don’t rush. Life is too short anyway. Maybe the storm snuck in one night leaving its natural reminders that suggest we shouldn’t hurry away. Old trees dropping their limbs letting out a cry of loneliness and disappointment. After all our family has shared this land for 160 years and more. After all today is the 97th birthday of my father, caretaker and tender of these trees, this land until his death a number of years ago. After all, trees come to share in the ownership of the land they have helped nurture, shade, and protect.



I KNOW WHERE I PUT IT, BUT IT ISN’T THERE

Sep 13th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Yesterday in a busy day, somehow three items disappeared. I know where I put them , but they aren’t there. This is getting ridiculous. Is it flawed memory, ordinary forgetfulness, dementia, all of the above? It is happening too often, whatever it is.

The jacket, I wore to the restaurant, because the temperature is always too cold there. I placed it on the back of a chair upon returning. Later, it wasn’t there. Still haven’t found it. There has to be an explanation. I looked in all the usual suspicious places. Not there either.

The second item was a pen left on my desk yesterday. There yesterday, not there today. Oops, not



LOITERING IN THE ALLEYS OF MY MIND

Sep 11th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Feels like a good day to take a walk, just to loiter in the alleys of my mind or better to find a meadow, with knee high grass inviting enough to wander across its paths and making new ones. Such times allow for introspection and reflection.

There will be no time for it today, but as soon as time and demands permit, I’m taking that walk. It really doesn’t take any special preparation. It is allowed wherever you are and for so long as you like.

Even in the middle of other duties, your mind can find escape by contemplating whatever you wish, wandering wherever you will. It is always good. It is a time allowing for isolated escape, for



JUST FOR SUNDAY: 09/02/12

Sep 2nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

In the middle between the Republican’s last big promotion and the Democrats upcoming sale, senior voters are in the throes of deciding which is the best deal. Following this week, most will have begun reaching their choice of who offers the best bargains. Good luck to us all and May God bless us everyone.

Now, for the rest of the story. Life will survive these conventions. Many may be disaffected and disillusioned, but life will go on. Politics, like bread, will be baked every day, sometimes coming out with a fresh, aroma filled loaf, at others not so hot.

Most of us will go about leading our ordinary lives. Many will continue to be optimistic. Some will even get a new jog. Some may find new hope and others will continue in their desperate search for a different tomorrow.



SENIORS WITHSTAND HURRICANES AND CONVENTIONS

Aug 29th, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Whatever else may develop this week and next, it would seem that those seniors who have withstood what has already passed, have had quite enough. One wonders, in New Orleans and nearby communities, if the lack of shelter and staying in one’s own domicile is a better plan than having a safe retreat? It seems to suggest that “limited government” means “good luck,” “do the best you can,” and “when its over, we will come looking for you.”

Meanwhile the first of two conventions is spelling out its intentions for the future under the Republicans. Limited government and limited assistance, even for those who, with circumstances beyond their control, may face more disasters to come.

Interdependence and the dictum of being



MOVING ONE LAST TIME

Aug 23rd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

It looks as if we are in for one last move. We have purchased a home in another state and within about 45 days or so will have made the move. There are, for seniors, a variety of dynamics that come with such a decision. Those dynamics carry with them some anxiety, some excitement, some readjustment and some wonder.

Among the dynamics are: will we be up to the physical demands that come with making a move? While there are valid reasons for doing so, downsizing for example , how will we handle all the implications that accompany a move?

Realizing that change will come in many forms,



SENIORS AND SHOPPING

Aug 22nd, 2012 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

If the economy depended on me, it really would be in trouble. Over the past 15 years I have developed a distaste for shopping. Malls and I share little in common. Even hardware stores and big box outlets provide minimal temptation. It isn’t so much that I am boring and find little interest. I once had a desire at least to check out stores.

For the most part, I think its because, there is so little I find I want or need. Commercials do not create an insatiable urge for things. Even those products that are two for one at $19.95, plus shipping and handling, don’t grab me. Lust for stuff is just no longer there.

Even garage or estate sales carry no temptation.