Thursday, October 31, 2013
Sometimes it's the simple things
Later it hit me...that I am alone. We have had each other's backs for over 50 years and now he can no longer help. If I fell or became ill, there would be little that he could do to help. I have no real back up and it is so sad as I know it is his loss as well. I can still be there for him but he can't do much for me. Most of our neighbors work during the day and seldom is there anyone home.
So I better stay damn healthy and upright. It seemed like such a simple thing but it brought home what expectations I have to let go of.
Thank God/Goddess/ Fluffy, whatever for support groups. I brought this loss up in group and realized that there were several women in the support group who live in my neighborhood and are in similar circumstances. I made the suggestion that maybe we could form a seniors group in El Lago and immediately group members started naming seniors on there blocks that live alone. The idea that maybe we could put some system in place where seniors could be checked on if they wanted.
The group facilitator volunteered to go to City Hall where I suggested she talk to the City Secretary.
She called yesterday that she talked with the Secretary who asked her, "Do you believe in Divine Intervention?" Turns out the city had been talking about this for some time and jumped on the idea. The city will send out flyers, put it in the local newsletter and follow up with phone calls. The first meeting is Nov. 21 form 10 to 1 and the city will provide snacks, lunch and entertainment. Holy moly! Fabulous!
The potential is exciting. I read an article about a small community in NY with an aging population who bonded together with an investment of around $200 to keep a resource group on retainer for plumbing, carpentry needs or rides or meals, etc which gave them a discount rate.
I can see potlucks, trips to interesting sites around Houston using the Harris Co buses for seniors.
So my loss could turn into a gain for us and the whole community. We have a lot of seniors who are still living in the homes they built in the early days of the space program so we have a lot of gray hairs around.