OF CONTENTS FOR SINGALONG
Me Tonight in Dreamland
Pack Up Your Troubles
Ain't We Got Fun?
Mary's A Grand Old Name
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
up A Little Closer
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Shine On Harvest Moon
Home Sweet Home
She'll Comin' Round the Mountain
Yellow Rose of Texas
For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
Auld Lang Syne
Battle Hymn of the Republic
from the Book
and Raymond were kind of set in their ways. They had
been married for fifty-one years, after all, and they
had fashioned a routine for their lives, which they
had changed a little when Raymond retired. They tinkered
with the routine of their lives. They adjusted just
a little, but not too much! They liked things to stay
were rather resistant to change, yet when it came time
to, at the urging of family and friends, they did make
a move to The Manor Retirement Community. They felt
that they were being quite adaptive and cooperative!
first they had a little cottage on the grounds of the
Manor Community, which they loved. They fixed it up
to look as much like the big house they had owned on
Brown Street as possible, though a great deal of paring
down was necessary.
their little retirement cottage, they were pleased to
be able to go on with their lives much as always. They
followed the routine that they loved, and had followed
pretty much all of their lives together.
they needed to go to town, they climbed into
their black, 1967 Chrysler New Yorker, which Raymond
still kept gleaming and spotless. Raymond loved driving
"his baby" and Ruby loved to ride and watch
the scenery go by, as they glided along the road, smoothly,
like a boat in the water. The New Yorker was wonderful
to drive, and delightful to ride in, just as it always
had been. Raymond made sure of this!
was terribly difficult, some years later, when Raymond
had to give up driving his beloved automobile. The doctor
said that neither of them should be driving anymore.
Friends and family gently urged them to give up the
they agreed- reluctantly.
car sat day after day, gleaming in the carport, begging
to be driven. "Ah well
" they thought,
and followed the doctors orders.
even agreed, when the social worker suggested that in
addition to giving up the car, a move to the apartments
in the main building of the Manor Community would be
advisable. "Just in case you need a bit more help,"
the well-meaning social worker had said.
2003 Michael D. Purvis.