Well my big clown day will be arriving tomorrow as Helen aka Butterfly the Clown and her friend Joyce along with me (Sparkles the clown) will be at Marlowe Elementary. The teachers are excited as well as the office staff eagerly awaiting our arrival in our clown attire. I am hoping my laugh won’t give my identity away. We decided that my eye-wear would not be necessary as we won’t be reading any materials. I have my camera ready and my roll of stickers to distribute to each child. And so on with the show and lots of laughs for all.
I am only home a month since my last cruise on the Holland America cruise lines ship “the Veendam” sailing from New York to Bermuda. The reason I did that cruise was that I wanted to re-visit Bermuda after a thirty four year hiatus. I had always retained the memories of the beautiful beaches with the fine pink sand and the blue green waters against the blue skies with puffy white clouds that resembled paradise in my mind. The people were so polite and gracious and their streets and shops were spotless.
Nothing had changed other than newer businesses but the ambiance and cleanliness were still present.
Even when I returned home, I beamed as I compared the past and the present photos and felt Bermuda will always be my favorite place of beauty. But now, I am thinking I want to travel to Greece and Spain perhaps in the Fall of 2011 again on a cruise.
There are two new ships that are attracting my attention both on different cruise lines but both boasting of bowling alleys, cabarets, Broadway shows just to name a few.
I think if I win the lottery I could do them all and treat everyone in my family too! A girl can dream can’t she? Then I will be able to post photos from Athens and Barcelona. Saving my pennies starting today!
I sometimes wonder why I so much enjoy giving of myself to others when I did not witness this as a child from my parents and upbringing. In my growing up years, my Dad worked nights and sometimes days also just to make ends meet. My Mom was the typical housewife that did not know or care about outside activities and did not attempt to make visits to the school in any capacity. I promised myself that when I became a parent I would take an interest in my community and help somewhere. And so upon my move to our first home out on Long Island, my son registered for first grade in a brand new school, I jumped at the opportunity to get out of the house for an evening a week to socialize with other parents and also to help with the formation of a Parent Teacher Association.
My first challenge was on the By-Laws Committee and also chairman of the hospitality committee. The first position was a breeze and the second I loved and must have baked it seemed a zillion cupcakes and cakes for meetings and cake sales. Still today, I love making brownies, cakes for friend’s and neighbors. From that position I moved up to Secretary, Treasurer, V-President and President in the ensuing years. Each job that I held gave me so much satisfaction, knowing I was a part of making a child’s life better with the latest books for the library or a machine to help with the schools eye exams for our children. This continued for my second and third sons in the same school until a life changing event took place and I returned to the work force for a number of years until 2003 and I retired. Wow! Surprise!! All this time and what do I do with it?
After a week or two, I was bored! I was at a loss. Daytime television was not for me or the coffee klotch scene with neighbors that I hardly knew was not an inviting thought. And so, I became an Ombudsman (advocate for the Elderly) a volunteer at Marlowe Elementary for the past seven years and a Mentor for a teenager in middle school. The total time – perhaps a mere seven to nine hours out of 168 hours in a week. And I think just think how affordable this is, in my opinion for most of us that are retired and perhaps bored with the local news, soap operas and day- in, day -out chit- chat.
Why not try making a gift of your free time and see how rewarding this experience will be for you? I can almost guarantee you will be so grateful that you did. I hope you will let me know your opinion and your feedback on this subject of time and free gifts.
A few years ago I had a problem with an achy shoulder and after exhausting hours of therapy and heavy doses of Advil I finally sought out an acupuncturist and like magic the pain was gone and has stayed that way.
Today, I paid a visit to that same wonderful person that helped me back then, and Dr. Linda was happy to see me as she listened to my concerns regarding allergies, sinus problems.
She assured me that with treatments over a period of time, I would feel better and might also be able to eliminate some of the medications I have been taking. Somehow, too many of these drugs have side effects that seem to taking a toll on me in other areas. And so being open minded about exercise and health I decided that the holistic approach has worked for many a year in other areas, why not try it for my ailments?
And so Ms Millie started her treatment with little pricks to different areas of my hands, fingers, ankles, back of neck, etc. I sort of looked like a pin cushion, but it didn’t hurt at all. After an hour of relaxing with a warm glow of two lamps I readied for my trip home, feeling good.
Next Tuesday I will return for some more helpful pinches and who knows I might be medicine free- someday soon!
Looking forward to the final show at the Richey Suncoast theatre named “Footloose”. The reviews have been awesome and also promising a fun two or more hours of song and dance.
For the money it is the best show in town every time for its talent and promising young stars and returning performers. I have watched as the little ones have progressed to young adults and I am in awe of their talent. I dream it is me, each time I watch them dance and sing. Age- wise it is probably too late for me, to become a star but I can always dream and be a loyal fan, too.
Marie Skelton deserves a huge round of thanks and applause for all of her hard work with costuming along with her areas of expertise. Charlie is awesome as he handles all the ticket requests with a great smile every time. He has the patience of a Saint and a huge heart. I think they are amongst my list of favorite people who give back to the community friendship, talent and a love of life. And so, tomorrow Ms Millie will be tapping her toes to “Footloose” and singing along happily.