Written on March 27, 2016
My father was the Musical Director for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus for several years and I cannot count the number of times I went to the circus during that time. I was a young teenager and used to take the bus to Madison Square Garden, Boston Garden, the Providence and New Haven Civic Centers–any place I could get to by bus–to visit my father, stepmother and two of my brothers who also traveled with the show. Harold Ronk, the Ringmaster at the time, wearing his sequined tuxedo, top hat in hand, would bellow to the crowd of thousands, “Welcome boys and girls, children of all ages!”
We welcomed children of all ages to our first annual EASTER EGG HUNT, here at Sweetwood on March 26th and what a fabulous turnout we had! With a simple press release and posting on Facebook and Twitter, we had about 60 children here, some with parents, others with grandparents, aunts and uncles. Our Sweetwood residents may be senior citizens, but each and every one of them is still a child at heart and the smiles on their faces as they watched the youngsters work on their Easter crafts and then race to find 250 eggs hidden on our beautiful Sweetwood grounds, were priceless! Several of our residents said they’d love to see more opportunities for children here at Sweetwood. Many of them have grandchildren and great-grandchildren that live a good distance away and they don’t get to see them as often as they would like.
All too often we look at our seniors–and they look at themselves–as their physical age only; the number of years lived, the changes in outward appearance, the aches and pains and other health challenges that some of them face. I have yet to meet a senior, however, who does not still feel 18 or 25 years old on the inside. Our spirits maintain the desire for laughter, joy and sunshine! Our minds and hearts hold the spiritual memories of our childhoods; jumping rope, playing tag or hide and seek, our first kiss, the Easter Bunny leaving a basket filled with chocolate eggs and jelly beans.
Today, Easter Sunday, as Christians around the world celebrate the Resurrection, let us make a commitment to resurrect our ‘inner child’ each and every day and honor that in those with whom we work, play and, especially in our wonderful Sweetwood of Williamstown residents.