In The News ~ A request to Santa Claus on behalf of senior ladies
This is adorable and I had to share - I found this on the New Haven Register and it is authored by Jean Cherni.
My sentiments EXACTLY!
I know this is a very busy time of year for you, so I am sure you will understand that while we love the wonderful family time the holidays bring, most of the responsibility for shopping and entertaining falls on us women folk (especially the senior women in many families).
Although we gladly accept the responsibility of perpetuating important traditions, at the same time, unlike many cultures in which an elder is considered special and revered, in America we are bombarded by propaganda indicating we should strive to forever remain between the ages of 17 and 38. If possible, Santa, help our media and cultural institutions recognize that just as you have not been devalued by your age, neither should we be.
I, for one, don’t mourn the passing years as long as my health remains good, but there are a few things that every woman of a certain age really needs to have:
• An accurate but flattering three-way mirror, so she will never leave the house looking ridiculous or feeling completely discouraged.
• Grown children who never start a sentence with the phrase, “At your age, you should...” or blame her for all their problems, but realize many are of their own making.
• A man, other than her husband, who regularly tells her she looks fabulous. (On second thought, most of us would settle for their husbands just noticing what they are wearing).
• One room, decorated just the way she wants it, that is hers alone and off limits to everyone else.
• A unique and special interest or passion that makes her wake up each morning, eager to start the day.
• One really good friend who understands her completely and admires her anyway.
• Her own bank account and enough money to pay regular bills, but not so much that planning and saving, and therefore eventually savoring something special, is unnecessary.
• A pet, be it dog, cat, bird or fish that waits for her each day with unconditional love.
• The ability to enjoy her own company.
In addition to air, earth, water and fire, all women have four personal but necessary elements in order to survive and be happy. Mine are:
• A loving relationship.
• Meaningful work.
• Theater and the arts.
That is my special list. Every woman has her own priorities. Help us, Santa, to recognize what they are so we may lead fulfilling, joyful lives, whatever our age.
Contact Jean Cherni, senior adviser for Premier Transitions, a full-service program for seniors contemplating a move, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 49 Rose St., Apt. 510, Branford, 06405.
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