Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blogging from the Nursing Home

The rallying cry for this blog is "Cheat the nursing home. Die on your LASER!"

But what if I don't cheat the nursing home? What am I going to do to amuse myself when I'm stuck in that awful home with all those bloody old women?

Hmmm. Blog. I hope.

Setting an example for a whole future generation of nursing home bloggers is 92-year-old Sarah Howard who has been blogging recently from her nursing home in Spokane, Washington. Judging by the charming and touching stories on her blog, Sarah has led a full and interesting life, and has met a number of famous people on her travels. Sarah even has a Facebook page from which I discovered that, like me, she comes from England originally.

Like my mother, who is about the same age as her, Sarah seems to have very vivid memories of events that happened many decades ago. It's the short term memory that goes first (at least in my Mum's case.) Before you dip into her blog, let me just warn you that Sarah can be amazingly frank and direct in expressing her views. But I guess you earn that right once you make it to 92. And her language can be a little salty at times, but that won't bother all the sailors who read my blog.

So for your reading pleasure, here are a couple of gems from Sarah, Proud and Tall. There is this delightful tale of a dinner party with some friends in 1959 or 1960. And you might enjoy this inconsequential story about a trip to Mexico with a friend back in the 1940's. Sarah, with her usual beguiling modesty, even apologizes, "Hark at me rabbiting on about unimportant things. It happens when you get old."

Don't apologize Sarah. I hope I can write such entertaining tales when I am 92. Keep on blogging, dear.

This post was sponsored by the Shady Pines Home for the Violently Senile. No old ladies were harmed in the making of this blog.


Baydog said...

She's been around, huh?

Tillerman said...

Yeah. Quite a lady, huh?

Sarah, Proud and Tall said...

Thankyou for the plug, dear.

How on earth did you manage to get that photo of me and Marge Albrechtson in the lounge at Shady Pines? Have you been tapping into my spy camera network?

Tillerman said...

Mrs Howard, thanks for stopping by.

I cannot reveal the sources of that photo except to say that I have one of those deniable relationships with your former employer. You didn't imagine that they had lost interest in monitoring such a productive asset as yourself did you?

Smilicus said...

Good Read and impressive computer skills for a 92yr old.

I can just see tillerman rumbling on, sitting in the sunroom with his trusty sailing cap, about the year he tried to sail a 100 times and almost made it - ahh those where the days sonny, I tell you whose where the days

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