It’s been a long time since I found the time and the will to add to my blogs. It has now been over a year since I lost my husband, Cal. One of my community friends told me to “git to it”, so with new vigor I am a-gittin’.
It seems fitting that I begin with the story of Ol’ May. She is a women I admire with my whole heart. May Hiltebeitel is 100 years old. We live in a wonderful senior community (Simpson Meadows) in Southeast Pennsylvania. May prefers to be called Ol’ May – so be it. She lives a full life that includes her favorite projects – gardening, painting, writing poetry and interacting with her neighbors. She is a sweet woman with a catching smile.
We have a small group of Simpson Creative Writers and in an attempt to attract more members to our group, we ran a “Writers Contest”. May won. Her poem follows:
Love is a perennial
Planted in us at our birth
just as the daisy is
planted in earth.
When love blooms at last
in our hearts
Evil readily departs.
Planted in sunshine, refreshed
Love, the perennial, spreads
Its joy again and again.
Ol’May never misses an opportunity to send “Thank You notes”. She extends her appreciation in a personal way. She may send you a note with a drawing or mini-painting. She may write you a poem that expresses her feelings about a kind deed. You may even get both in one. Her cards are keepsakes of miniature art and literature. We have five of her framed miniature paintings displayed in our resident art gallery- acrylics on canvas
Her love is a small flower garden in the courtyard of Simpson Meadows. Lately she has been scolded more that once because she managed to sneak away alone with her walker
I’ve known May since she was a spring chicken of 90. She is closing in to 101. It has been a gift as I have seen how aging can be just one of those things. I hope I can carry on with such a joy for life. The secret – most likely genes but May Heiltebeitel keeps being active and an inspiration. My wish for my readers is that you find an Ol’May in your life. You will be blessed
Soon for release.”Tea Leaf Annie“,the memories of a young girl through pre-war and post-war 1940’s. The way of the times are told in her voice as her father went into WWII even though he was too old, was married and had a child “Why Daddy? Why?”