A congenial Christmas salute to seniors

By Mike Rainone for the News

No matter how many Christmases we have had the great joy of sharing and celebrating with family and friends, we will still hopefully be able to look forward to the hustle and bustle and the true meaning of the most wonderful time of the year. Of course there will always be that giddy excitement of the children and the joyful gatherings of our loved ones and friends around the tree and later at the glorious and traditional dinner table. There will surely always be that supreme pleasure that those of us who are now in the senior set can enjoy just sitting back and sharing the memories as well as cheering on the jovial antics and enthusiasm our precious younger generations.

Yours truly is so very happy to still be a fairly active 77 year old, and on this gala occasion I would like to offer this special and fun-filled salute to all of our fine and fancy senior fraternity. We must always remember to share a little extra cheer, care, and prayer for those who may be hospitalized or shut-in over the holidays.

The holidays are here and it’s Christmas at Rock-Away Rest

-Author unknown

Twas the night before Christmas at Rock-Away Rest, and all of us seniors were looking our best!

Our glasses, how sparkly, our wrinkles, how merry; our punchbowl held prune juice plus three drops of sherry!

A bed sock was taped to each walker and wheelchair in hope that Santa would bring us soft candy and soap.

We surely were lucky to be there with friends, secure in this friendly residence in our Depends!

Our grandkids had sent us some Christmassy crafts, like angels in snowsuits and penguins on rafts!

The dental assistant had borrowed our teeth, and from them she had crafted a holiday wreath!

The bed pans, so shiny, all stood in a row, reflecting our candle’s magnificent glow!

Our supper so festive….the joy wouldn’t stop….was creamy warm oatmeal with sprinkles on top!

Our salad was Jell-O, so jiggly and great, and then puree of fruitcake was spooned on each plate.

The Social Director then had us play games, like ‘Where are you living?’ and ‘What are your names?’

Old Grandfather Cooper was feeling his oats, proclaiming that reindeer were nothing but goats!

Our resident wanderer was tied to her chair, in hopes that at bedtime she still would be there!

Security lights on the new fallen snow made outdoors seem noon to the old folks below!

Then out on the porch there arose such a clatter, but we are so deaf it just didn’t matter!

A strange little fellow flew in through the door, then tripped on the sill and fell flat on the floor!

Twas, just our Director, all togged up in red. He jiggled and chuckled and patted each head!

We all knew from the way that he strutted and jived that our social-security cheques had surely arrived!

We sang, how we sang, in our monotone croak, till the clock tinkled out its soft eight-p.m. stroke!

And soon we were snuggling deep in our beds, while the nurses joyfully distributed our nocturnal meds!

And so ends our Christmas at Rock-Away Rest. Before long you’ll be with us, and we wish you all the best!

Christmas quickies

They say that the most balanced diet during the holiday season is a cookie in each hand.

Little boy sitting on old Santa’s knee. I’ll tweet you my gift list just in case you have a senior moment.

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house ran a wave of pure panic … the wine had run out.

Have a wonderful Christmas, a Happy New Year, and a great week, all of you.

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