Monday, 1 August 2016

Speech



This afternoon I wrote Gladys' Flower Show speech supervised by a very talkative and very on the ball Auntie Gladys. 
" I've had a woman from social services come around this afternoon " she told me " she came around to see if I was looking after myself...to see if I was eating" 
I pretended I didn't know of the visit and said " oh yes? ...what did she find Gladys?" 

" I 'll tell you what she found" Gladys said with a somewhat satisfying laugh " she found me eating a full chicken dinner in a gleaming kitchen that's what she found" 



65 comments:

  1. You go girl! And if not there are lots of friends that will take up the slack if need be,

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  3. We all Love Her!

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  4. So much to learn from people like Auntie Gladys.
    The streak of independence will be there still when ours may teeter on the edge of "Who was that?" long before we reach her age. What a good and delightful lady to know and how fortunate you all are there, in that Brigadoon kind of place, to have her.

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  5. Dear, dear Auntie Glad.

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  6. YOU GO, GIRL! good on auntie glad!

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    1. Perfect !
      I was going to say this but you beat me to it !

      cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    2. great minds think alike, parsnip! :)

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  7. I am lovin' Auntie Glad and her independent spirit, and you too for being part of her village that includes her. I posted today about me visiting gals in a nursing home. Glad is blessed to be in her own home and friendly village.

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  8. Auntie Gladys, you're a star! x

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  9. Good for her! (Bet she knew that you knew...)

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  10. Auntie Gladys is an example to us all!!

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  11. Fabulous! What an amazing lady. X

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  12. I bet Auntie Gladys can take care of herself a lot better than some people decades younger. She looks great in the photo above.

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  13. What an amazing lady. She reminds me of the woman I boarded with, for a summer job, between years at university. She had made her living as a dietician and I never ate better before or since. And her house gleamed too! She loved to travel and kept up on everything going on. We kept in touch until her death many years later. She made my life richer. That seems to be what Auntie Glad does, too.

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    1. Gladys said something powerful today.
      " i cant see' I cant hear..but I can clean..thats all i can do"

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    2. That's both sad and inspiring, isn't it? It must be very hard to watch her failing. That's a beautiful photo of her; did you take it?

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    3. I bet she can still garden too. My Mum at 96, is almost a mirror image of Aunty Glad and she still does a little gardening every day so that her garden stays neat and gives pleasure to anyone passing by. Like Aunty Glad, she can't see apart from a small amount of peripheral vision, so she does it mostly be feel. She knows where her plants are and what they are. She will follow a blade of grass or the leaf of a weed down to its roots so that she can weed it out.

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    4. How wonderful that your mom is still with you Heda and enjoying a quality of life. Although my mom died almost 30 years ago, my life has been graced with her friends who show the same spirit as your mom and Aunty Glad. All women that I hope to be when I get to that age!

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  14. There is an elderly woman in our village who goes out every morning about eight am wearing a pink overall & pink head scarf tied forties style who washes down her front door & windows plus the other two in the old terrace of cottages. A blimming wonderful sight.

    Thank you for your sweet comment John.
    I hosted a girly cream tea followed by Pimms get together with friends this afternoon which went down very well. The conversations were hysterical about a naked dating programme on TV which I've not seen xx

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  15. Good on you, Aunty Gladys!

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  16. I love her.

    MissFifi

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  17. They made aunt Gladys generation out of some very strong stuff John. Remarkable lady!

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    1. She reamins frail dave......another villager, bryn ,
      Sits with her every morning to check on her

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  18. Good for Aunty Glad. What a marvel she is.

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  19. Shortly after we moved into our house about 3 years ago our elderly next door neighbour had her chimney swept, later that day she was out scrubbing soot from her doorstep - we later discovered she was 99. Inspirational.

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  20. She is such an inspiration. Having good friends around contributes to her good nature, and she certainly has that and more.

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  21. She's sharp as a tack, and such a wonderful lady !
    ~Jo

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    1. Perhaps sharpish , better than she was

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  22. So good to see Aunty Glad doing well.... Now who brought her the timely chicken dinner? Hugs! deb

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    1. I think having a better day....

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  23. I am continually inspired by women (or men) who are still vital, independent, and very much capable as they age. My mother-in-law is already in a nursing home at age 78 with dementia. I can only hope I will age as gracefully and full of life as Auntie Glad! -Jenn

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  24. Good job Aunt Gladys didn't respond with - "She found that some busybody who lives near the church has been meddling in my business!"

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    1. I only brought her a strawberry tart

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  25. She may be visually impaired but certainly not mentally!! Good for you Aunty Glad!!

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  26. And I bet the gravy wasn't made from granules either !

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  27. Two little old ladies, Connie and Evelyn, were sitting on a park bench outside the local town hall Monday,
    where a flower show was in progress.

    The short one, Connie, leaned over and said, "Life is so boring. We never have any fun any more. For $10 I'd take my clothes off and streak through that stupid, boring flower show"!

    "You're on!", said Evelyn, holding up a $10 bill.


    So, Connie slowly fumbled her way out of her clothes.
    She grabbed a dried flower from a nearby display and held it between her teeth. Then, completely naked, she streaked (as fast as an old lady can) through the front door of the flower show.

    Waiting outside, her friend soon heard a huge commotion inside the hall, followed by loud applause and shrill whistling. Finally, the smiling Connie came through the exit door surrounded by a cheering, clapping crowd.

    "What happened"? asked Evelyn.

    "I won $1,000 as 1st prize for 'Best Dried Arrangement'!"

    Hope you flower Show is as exciting as this.
    Claire

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    1. I think irene or trendy carol may be on for this

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    2. This should win a prize for The Best Flower Show Story!

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    3. I do so agree with you... I am still laughing my head off!!

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  28. Hooray for Auntie Gladys. And you.

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  29. What a wonderful lady.

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  30. Beautiful Ms Glad, looking quite smart!

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  31. That's a lovely photo!

    Auntie Gladys has got a fine sense of timing and humor. And a very good friend in you.

    xo

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  32. God, she's gorgeous!!!

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  33. Just love that photo of Auntie Glad. X

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  34. She is such a beautiful, remarkable lady.

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  35. You "zinged" it Gladys!

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  36. Good onya Gladys!
    A full chicken dinner in a gleaming kitchen beats my vegemite sandwich with a sink full of coffee mugs waiting to be washed.

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  37. Way to go Gladys...chin always up high.

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  38. We all need an Auntie Glady in our life. I just love her, and your heart felt stories bring her to life in ours. Bless you John!

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  39. It is a very nice photo of Aunt Glad.

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  40. She's beautiful inside and out.

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  41. Alan Bennett could have used her for one of his 'Talking Heads' - and he wouldn't need to make anything up.

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  42. Good for her 😊

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  43. Auntie Glad is an amazing woman... I don't know her but feel that all she says resonates with me. Good for you Glad!!!

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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