Evergreen, cozy, decorated but sad to be alone

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Evergreen Place By Helen Martens


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My last report for 2020. I sit here isolating in my "home" and I think of all our readers doing the same. How are you all?

Things remain much the same here at Evergreen. As I meet residents I'll ask, ‘what are your plans for Christmas?’ Without fail, everyone says we'll be right here by ourselves.

But Chris Leach keeps on using the snow shovel to keep the sidewalks clear. Vern Rollo sweeps our backyard walks with his blower. Princess Lodge delivers five meals a week for four residents here. Our Common Room is open for coffee and tea, so five at one time can visit while they enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.

Someone is working at a puzzle in the Common Room most of the time. There are others who will be honest and say life is somewhat boring! In spite of all we are thankful most everyone is reasonably healthy and happy.

Just seeing how the halls are decorated for the season shows reasons for joy.

Christmas is such a cheerful season of the year. However, some will have an emptiness in their homes as loved ones are on longer there. I pray for those who have lost a friend or family member. Maybe we should think of Christmas not only as a season, but as a feeling. Though we miss our Christmas concerts, our family gatherings and our church services we can celebrate Christmas in our hearts. We can discuss with our families what the real meaning of Christmas is.

Agnes M. Pahro says, " What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future."

Our year is coming to an end, the next paper comes out in 2021.

Another quote by Hal Borland: "Year's end is neither an end, nor a beginning, but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."

Let's look after ourselves, cheer each other up and keep safe in every way we can.

I want to wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year!

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