Around here at Garden Terrace, my staff and I have begun talking about our 50th anniversary, which is just two short years away. What began as an outreach program of the Immanuel Baptist Church and then joined by the Church of the Brethren, has been serving low-income seniors in Wenatchee since 1971.
Hundreds and hundreds of lives have been saved, changed or enhanced since the doors swung open. (Now many of the doors slide, kind of like on “Star Trek.”)
One of the projects we have been discussing is a book containing some of the history of this place, some of the Senior Moments writings about this place and some of the wisdom of our seniors to share with future generations. Below is a sample of some of the questions we’ve been asking, and some of the responses of our residents. Enjoy.
What is your general philosophy of life? “Be positive, smile, greet, say hello, and most people will smile back.” (Age 74)
What is an important lesson about life you have learned? “I am amazed at how little common sense people have.” (Age 78)
What is your general philosophy of life? “Live every moment to the fullest. We are never promised tomorrow.” (Age 74)
If you were asked to give some advice to today’s young people, what would it be? “Forget the electronics and experience life!” (Age 74)
What is something you would like to be remembered for? “Raising a beautiful family.” (Age 76)
What is your general philosophy of life? “Let me meet your friends and I will know who you are.” (Age 80)
What is something you wish you had done more of? “Told my family more often that I loved them.” (Age 83)
What is something you would like to be remembered for? “Nothing in particular. Just hope that people smile when they mention my name.” (Age 69)
How did you happen to move to Garden Terrace? “I was evicted from my Hobo shack on the bank of the Columbia River after 33 years.” (Age 78)
If you were asked to give some advice to today’s young people, what would it be? “Persevere and never give up on your goals!” (Age 81)
So we won’t give up on our plans to have a great celebration of 50 years of community service in 2021 and you are all invited! Stay tuned.
Kenneth E. Neher is executive director of the Garden Terrace senior living community, for whom he writes “Senior Moments.” These columns periodically appear in The Wenatchee World.