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Under the shade tree

Last updated: December 20. 2013 1:08PM - 722 Views
Marie Faircloth Center director



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Greetings to all my reader during this season to be jolly. Hope everyone is ready for the season. Don’t get stressed, just enjoy! Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. I read an article this morning that said “it’s not the Love I receive, or the gift I receive, or the life I live, it’s about how I respond to others.” So let’s love others, give freely and always be respectful.


We have had a busy year here at the Garland Senior Center. It’s been a little bittersweet with the loss of our loved ones, nevertheless we are blessed with sound minds and good health. We are blessed to have a place to gather, fellowship and get educated and stay warm and share the many blessings He stored upon us. “To God Be the Glory”


I do apologize for the absence of my article. Sometimes I just could not get them in, but I have had so many asking about it. As you know, I was in an accident in July and could not write. Paula Jacopo filled in for me for months, and she did a great job! Now I feel it is time I take my responsibility over again. I love to write and share my Shade Tree memories; they mean so much to me, especially when I realize how much wisdom I received.


When I was a young child (being nosey) I can remember some of those secret conversations and now, as an elder, I can relate to those conversations and realize I learned a lot. Please remember and treasure the shade tree days; please share them with me. I am thinking seriously of putting my shade tree memories in a book for my children and grandchildren.


I was so elated a few days ago when someone got stung by a bee and my 8-year-old grandchild said get the skin from a egg shell and put it on the sting until it dries, pull it off and guess what — the sting will come out. She learned this from me, proud a grandmother!!


Here are some of the upcoming events as we end one year and begin another. We closed the center Dec. 20. 2013 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We will come back on Jan. 2, 2014. I will take my vacation during this time.


Then pray for me as I have monitoring of my programmatic system here at the center Jan. 8.


On Jan. 7, Legal Aid will be here to help us with the Affordable Health Care applications as well as other legal issues, such as living wills. For more information, call Tina at 910-483-0400 or call me at 910-529-3931. They will be here the second Tuesday in each month from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. so please take advantage of it, it’s free.


Myself and Richard Carr will be teaching an arthritis chair exercise in January 2014, with the date to be announced at a later time The Aspire program will be providing a leadership program for seniors 55 and older with an income less than $957. The program will be free and all transportation, meals and training is free. Screening will be done in January. For more information call me at 910-529-3931.


Remember May is “Older American Month” It will be here before you know it.


Our thanks for the year 2014 — Safe Today, Health Tomorrow. So you see 2014 is already starting out strong. There are lots of things you can participate in here at the center. A special thanks to all who helped with our outreach program.


We learn so much from our elders about those Shade Tree days; the latest thing is the two old goats cream. I heard about it and saw the results and I have tried it. Folks it works, and guess what - it don’t smell like ointment. Take the advice of the wise with all the colds and stuff going around — get you some honey and a little vodka and lemon juice, get it warm and you will sweat the cold out. It works. I heard if you have a sore throat you should make jello; don’t chill, let it be warm then add some honey and it will ease the pain. Jello coats the throat and honey kills the bacteria.


Now we’re reminded how we used to cook 10-12 cakes for Christmas and keep them in the safe. We’d also go to the smoke house and grab a salted ham and cut some side meat then go to the garden and get some collards, cook some chitterlings and you were ready for Christmas. I love to reminisce about old time Christmas, you know the times when we may have gotten one toy and some fruit, candy (chocolate drops) and dried raisins. Then we’d head off from house to house to see what kind of fruit we could get … not that was Christmas!


I hope you enjoyed going back in time with me. Now have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to more writing in the New Year. Don’t forget be safe; share some Christmas Cheer and remember you are more blessed to give than to always receive. Stay connected to the Shade Tree of Life!


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