Saturday, February 27, 2010
Mom has an incredible memory, continues to help me with my research business, and remains an entrepreneur at almost 93 years young. Mom enjoys working in a garden as she has for over 40 years.
Perhaps a secret to longevity is loving and taking care of the home you live in, making your house a home, baking cherry pies from the cherries on your tree, growing your own vegetables and herbs, having wonderful neighbors, and belonging to an extended family of caring residents on a street such as Belrose Road. The residents created a park for the children and adults in the area called Oakville Park.
The slogan of the neighborhood, "make Oakville Park a reality," is a reality including activities for all ages. I still have my tea shirt, attended the pancake breakfasts supported by neighbors who care about and participate in numerous activities, and I did not live in Cleveland! It is incredible what a group of caring neighbors can accomplish!
Over the years I learned much from Mom's wonderful neighbors and their children. Today I found out about the grandfather that built Mom's house and the two granddaughters that lived in it. The custom cabinets, desks, and dressing tables made by the owner, a respected carpenter.
Every house has an interesting history. Original or long time owners have a story to tell. This is a best kept secret.