May was a month of birthdays at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta. Celebrating were residents Patty Hagar, Doug Halm, and Eleanor Mitchell. Blessings on them for a year ahead filled with contentment and joy in being.
The porch at Hodgdon Green has been a source of interest and enjoyment. Not only has one feathered friend settled in, but two families are being raised within sight: robin and sparrow. The porch also affords views of what is happening on Hodgdon Street and who comes and goes within. On the other side of the home, the hummingbirds have been busy at the feeder, to the delight of the residents.
This month, the theme at the home has been Hawaiian, with food and painting classes, and tiki papers all featuring pineapples and related things. Certainly the eruption of the volcano being shown on television is also holding one’s attention.
The showstopper “HEY – H.E.Y. for Hollywood” was a winner! Our own Lila Bleachman was at her best, tap dancing and participating with all the other fantastic performers. Oh, to be so alive at age 97!
We have a new resident, Walter Scott, from Boothbay. “Scottie,” as he is called, grew up in Hyde Park, outside of Boston. He was in the Navy A-5 program, and received his Gold Wings. Later on, he worked as a sales rep. He has a family of four children (two and two) and now a much larger family at Hodgdon Green. A most warm welcome to our newest resident.
Every other Thursday, residents who wish to do so are taken downtown to do some shopping. This week, they will also see the movie “Chappaquiddick” at Lincoln Theater.
On Friday, June 1, we had an extra-special Coffee House. A warm message of good luck and goodbye was celebrated for Elijah Curtis, longtime cook, encourager, and fun guy at Hodgdon Green. Elijah recently opened his own special eatery, Mr. Ribbs, on upper Main Street. It is a source of delicious vittles and good cheer.
In closing, a couple of thoughts to keep in mind. Taken from the Farmers’ Almanac: “One can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses,” and from the Guidepost Devotional Book: “Happiness is the art of making a bouquet of those flowers within reach.” Have a blessed summer!