Community Outreach Director Nancy Raia reached out to long-time pottery student Miss Adele to see how she’s doing during #SocialDistancing
“Here’s a bright spot in my week for you. I made a phone call a few days ago to my friend Miss Adele. I was looking for a picture in my file to share with you of her, but this will have to suffice. She is my bright spot every time she comes into the Art Center, she is my sunshine in the day, always bringing joy and cheer, reminded me of her when I found this in my photos.
I called her to ask how she is doing in Isolation in her assisted living facility. She sounded cheerful, thrilled to hear that I called. She told me she is well and handling everything. She chooses to go get her meals in person (for the exercise). They come in styrofoam containers since the dinner room is closed to them.
She talked about a new resident where she loves likes to read one of Watt Keys books over the closed circuit TV for the residents to hear. We chatted how it was like the old live radio broadcasts.
Our conversation took us on a fun journey, to what she is watching on TV, how she finds the channels she wants with her low vision issues. She rattled off a whole list of her favorite shows and was so excited when she talked about the show American Pickers. She started telling me about how she loves it when they find Antiques and repurposes them. She says she gets really close to the TV screen to see what they found or made. ‘I just love that! Finding old things in a barn or shed and making something out of it!’
Did I tell you she is an amazing artist? She painted and taught for years, and she volunteered for us bringing in beautiful centerpieces for our monthly art openings, often linking her 3D floral display with the theme or colors on display. She is constantly creative and loving to talk art. When we open again she will be back in the clay room for sure! She even told me about the Easter eggs she was making for the people there with styrofoam eggs and collaged tissue papers on top.
I called Miss Adele to check on her and cheer her up. I got so much more from hearing her voice!
Check on your friends and the elderly please! As Miss Adele says, ‘In anything you do, Do for God, Do for your neighbor, then Do for you!’
Blessings and love from Miss Adele and me!”