Kids, seniors share memories

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It was a dark and windy night, and there were candy wrappers everywhere.
Yes, it was Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s 15th annual Trick-or-Treating event. But amidst all the Snickers, suckers and Tootsie Rolls, guess what else there was?
There were 100-year-old residents putting candy in a toddler’s pumpkin bucket.
There were proud World War II veterans smiling at their great-grandchildren in costumes.
There were residents in wheelchairs reaching out to touch the hand or face of a precious child.
There were smiles on age-worn and weathered faces as they snacked on a piece of candy or two themselves.
There were some residents in beds, unable to get up, but still enjoying the parade of characters down the halls.
There was laughter and friendship in joining the community spirit of fun.
But most of all, there was love shared between the oldest and the youngest, bringing the realization to some that nursing homes are not places to be feared, but environments full of warmth and compassion for others.
This intergenerational event was one to be cherished and savored, both in the moment and in the memories to be made.
Our residents have so many rich stories of life to tell and hearts full of love to share. I’d like to encourage the community to come back and visit Grayson Nursing again, not only for candy treats at Halloween, but to experience and witness the gracious presence of the Lord that our residents carry with them in their minds and hearts.
The Christian life is truly witnessed in their example and in their life stories.
Thank you to everyone in the community for their generous donations of candy to make this special event possible.
Elizabeth Myers, ADC MT-BC
Director of Therapeutic Recreational Services
Director of Volunteers
Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center