December 23rd, 2017…two days before Christmas, a momentous marker for me because my wife and I moved into our first home at Panorama on December 22nd. Moving here was quite a change from Alaska, our previous home for thirty-three years. We’d seen monumental growth in Alaska over the years. We were witnesses to that growth and participants in Alaska’s development in our occupations there.
The reason we moved to Panorama was because it had promise to supply our felt need for security in retirement that would follow us whatever our situation might be. We were not disappointed. My wife died 5 years ago after years of discomfort, disability and pain. She was cared for by me and, when my energy flagged, by Panorama’s Convalescent and Rehabilitation staff (Skilled Nursing) to whom I will always be grateful.
After I was alone, I continued to be happy with my situation although it was constantly evolving, like a Christmas tree with slender fiberglass hairs that project tiny points of light in many colors.
Today, bright sunlight lights my eastward fronting apartment that sports a glass enclosed balcony. The sight is magnificent from my 4th floor one-bedroom suite! Bright sun…majestic spruce and fir trees…houses scattered around McGandy Park…blue sky—all better than yesterday’s rain.
I’ll celebrate quietly in my own way, aware that I am only one of over a thousand on this campus whose needs are being met in one way or another—and maybe I’ll find someone today or tomorrow who has a need I can meet. MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY 2018!