Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Vase of Flowers

I've heard the saying time and time again, "Give me my flowers while I'm still alive".

It's so sad to see how many flowers are put on gravesites each year and the dead is unable to smell or see them. Flowers become the way we say, "I'm sorry..." or "I wish I would have..." or "Give me another chance to...", to attempt to heal all of our own inconsistencies.

However, on the sunny side, if you're reading this you have a second chance. The grandparent, the mom or dad, the aunt or uncle, the sister or brother, the seniors in all of these categories, need to see your fresh flowers of love, friendship, and blessings.

Yes, flowers will die and there will be time for a new dozen or so...but one piece still remains and that's the mold that we put them in to see them from afar. It's the vase...the vase for flowers that remain, ready to hold the next special gift of flowers.

Since, vases are known to break, there is one solution to this problem that your senior relative, friend, or lover, will approve of...and maybe even love....

Rubber Vase - large - Turquoise  $40 in stock
Supplied by Creative Danes 

So...don't wait until the day comes when that senior has taken their last breath to give them a vase of flowers. Make sure that time is now. Many Blessings and Peace to you. -Selena

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Did You Forget Grandparents Day?!

Today is Grandparents Day! One of my seniors, Mrs. Kaye, had a great dinner to celebrate with her two sons and grandchildren. I hope you had the opportunity to celebrate with your family today! On behalf of The Old folks Know Best, I wish all the grandparents out there a great day and week to come!

I was looking through the very special gifts on OpenSky and thought about these for the grandmas and grandpas in your life.

Sylvie Electric Bird Pillow - Citrus 10" x 14" 
$45 in stock


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GRANDPA Journal - Between Me and You™a few things I've been meaning to ask - $15 in stock


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Talk soon!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grandma Moses Leaves A Legacy

Here's a special lady I just had to tell you about. I ran across her story while in the elevator of an Assisted Living establishment where I go to help a senior twice a week in the early mornings.

While standing in the elevator I found myself looking over to see the phrase "Grandma Moses" plastered over the picture of a little old lady. I wondered why someone would give her such a name and realized why.

Her real name was Anna Mary Robertson Moses (September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961) As you can see by her years living on earth, she lived to see 101 years old, but that's not the kicker! This very special lady was an American Folk artist and decided to change her career to this at an advanced age in her seventies when the arthritis set in. While many people today look to retire with what money they can, Anna, found herself pursuing another endeavor in the arts that became very noticed and even remembered to this day.

I find myself speaking with more seniors today who believe that they are at the end of their road and no one really cares anymore. However, that is not the case and as we can see from "Grandma Moses", she left a legacy behind for us all to remember her by even if she probably didn't think so.

According to Wikipedia, here are some of Grandma Moses legacies:

  • A 1942 piece, The Old Checkered House, 1862 was appraised at the Memphis 2004 Antiques Roadshow. The painting was a summer scene in Geneva, New York, not as common as her winter landscapes. Originally purchased in the 1940s for under $10, the piece was assigned an insurance value of $60,000 by the appraiser, Alan Fausel.
  • Another of her paintings, Fourth of July, was given by Otto Kallir to the White House and still hangs there today.
  • The character Granny on the popular 1960s rural comedy television series The Beverly Hillbillies was named Daisy Moses as an homage to Grandma Moses, who died shortly before the series began.She is buried in Hoosick Falls, New York.
  • Norman Rockwell, who, for a time, lived in Arlington, Vermont, was a friend of Grandma Moses who lived in nearby Eagle Bridge, New York. Grandma Moses also appears on the far left edge in the Norman Rockwell painting Christmas Homecoming, which was printed on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post of December 25, 1948.
  • A U.S. commemorative stamp was issued in her honor in 1969.
If you know anything about the Beverly Hillbillies, who knew that the Granny character was named as reverence paid to Grandma Moses? AMAZING!!!

When the next time you see your grandma or grandpa ask them how life was back when. Ask then how they viewed life and opportunity. Maybe their answers will surprise you like the life of Anna Mary Robertson Moses.

You're never to old to be someone to somebody. -Selena

Post any comments you may have. I would love to hear your thoughts.