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Y is for Yvonne


A to Z Theme - Circle of Hope:
A serial story (written in six-sentence segments) involving twenty-six women living in the small Midwest town of Cottonwood Creek, their lives connected by the Women's Circle of the town's protestant church, Hope Christian Fellowship, to which they all belong.

Yvonne:
Yvonne, 73 and a widow, was sad about leaving her home of over forty years, but she knew the time had come to move to the Cottonwood Creek Retirement Center & Nursing Home where she could have the assistance she needed.  She had raised all kinds of animals in her lifetime starting with rabbits for 4-H when she was young, so having no immediate family, she was delighted with Xenia and Denise's proposal to turn her property into a no-kill rescue shelter for cats and dogs.

A long time member of  Hope Christian Fellowship, Yvonne was blessed with plenty of assistance from the Women's Circle when it came time to sell most of her belongings, and pack and move her personal things to the retirement home. Her friends knew this wasn't easy for Yvonne, so they organized one last "retirement party" in her honor, a potluck dinner at her home after Sunday church services with nearly everyone from the congregation in attendance. It was a happy day filled with reminiscing, love and laughter; the highlight being Yvonne's surprise and delight when Denise unveiled the beautiful new brick sign at the road entrance with it's large brass faceplate that read  "Yvonne's Place ~ A Rescue Center for God's Beloved Creatures."  Xenia topped off the day by promising to pick up Yvonne as often as she liked so that she could come and spend time playing with the cats and dogs at the shelter, knowing it would be a blessing for them all.
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Read the stories of all the Circle of Hope women here.
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18 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I so hope to have the type of friends Yvonne has when I am old and moving to a home!

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    1. I wish it could be like this for all elders, Kristi! Years ago I worked in a nursing home, and many of the people never saw family or friends, it was so sad!

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  2. Amazing story , as always . I too am delighted for Yvonne. Such a blessing to be in a community where people care for each other and are responsive in times of need .Happy to see refreshing glimpses of hope , compassion, fellowship in your uplifting stories throughout the Challenge . Thank you.
    Much love,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you, Moon! For sure, Cottonwood Creek has it's share of sad stories too, but I was wanting to show with this what community can be like, and it can happen anywhere if people come together and care for each other. I have enjoyed writing these stories, and I've enjoyed reading yours! :-)

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  3. That's a great way to retire -- to doing something for the animals.

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    1. I agree, Mimi. There have been senior facilities that worked in tandem with animal shelters and it was a definite win-win situation!

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  4. How lovely. Surrounded by loving friends, and animals.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

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    1. I'm sure it is a comfort to her to know that she isn't going to be forgotten, and she'll be able to come visit her property and love on the furry friends there! :-)

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  5. I'm 70 myself and hope i will not be on my way to an old folks home in a few years! Yikes!! She does have the best friends to help her but I'm going to imagine her in her late 80s :)

    Finding Eliza

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    1. I know what you mean, Kristin, I am in my 60's and hope to have many more years of active independent life. My father was still in his own home at home at 80. But for many it's not that simple, being home alone may be more than they can handle or they may have medical issues. Often, as in this case, a community retirement center with assisted living apartments adjoins a nursing home for future care as needed. In this case, Kristin is moving to the retirement center, and will likely be happy there with friends she has known all her life. :-)

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  6. Glad her home will be put to good use!

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    1. A perfect answer for the animals, the community, and for her too, she can return to visit and see that all is well there. :-)

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  7. A great way to make a difficult life change more tolerable!
    Perspectives at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. It will certainly help her feel better about the move, and knowing she can come "home" whenever she likes makes it not quite so final.

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  8. This is so lovely, especially the part about them going to pick her up and bring her back to visit any time she wants. I'm sure this will be a huge adjustment for Yvonne. It's a wonderful idea to have no-kill shelter for cats and dogs. I feel like I know your characters, they are my friends and I've enjoyed "living" in Cottonwood Creek and getting to know them each day.

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    1. Thank you, Val. In these brief glimpses, I try to create scenarios as I would like life to play out, and as I believe could be possible if people cared enough. Yvonne loves animals, so it would give her great pleasure to come and socialize the cats and dogs and check up on how things are going at her property, it will give her life more meaning as she adjusts to a new way of living. I'm so glad you've enjoyed my little stories, it's been fun to write them!

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    1. I do too, Jo-Anne, she wanted to do something for the community, a legacy of caring.

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