My Knitting and Crochet group. I am sitting in the center with my skirt and vest set that I have knitting for my niece.
**On Sept. 25, 1997 I sent my first donation of $500.00 to Mother Teresa’s Orphanage in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. This donation was for next five years. Since then I am sending a donation every 2 to 3 yrs. to the Orphanage. This month we have mailed a check for Rs.2,000.00 Indian Rupees that is equal to about $30.00 U.S. dollars. Mother Teresa sacrificed her life taking care of poor, homeless and sick in India, and that’s where she became a Saint.
About two years ago I saw a group of older ladies on TV, called SuperAger. These ladies had something in common: they all were in late 80’s and beyond. They enjoyed doing something what they always did all their lives – knitting, crocheting, and quilting. They looked very happy, using their brain, their hands, and most of all their mouth chit-chatting with each other. They were busy, they knew exactly what they were doing, and gave us an impression that they love meeting together, working together, and accomplishing something together.
These ladies continue to perform well, and don’t show any sign of slowing down. They don’t have any chronic condition. They seemed to be enjoying their lives doing what they do their best.
At our Senior Living we also have a Group of Knitting and Crocheting. Since Pandemic everything was shut down. As soon as we got our vaccination we started meeting again once a week. We have people from all walks of life. Some love to knit and crochet, some are doing for their grandkids, some just have a hobby, some enjoying the company of each other, some want to get out and meet people, and some want to keep their family tradition going. Barbara is knitting a sweater for her son, and said, “It’s going to be a surprise.” Sara told me that, “She does this for charity and donates her work to different groups.” Each person has one thing in common they all love knitting, crocheting, and meeting together on a regular basis.
I remember we had a tradition going in our family between me and my sister: to see who can finish a sweater first. We had to shut our lights off by 9:00p.m. But that didn’t stop us from knitting. We sat by the window and used the street light. Now every time I join the group, it reminds me how interesting our lives were back in India when we were growing up.
When I look at our Knitting and Crocheting Group, it reminds me of what I saw on the TV two years ago. Our group is climbing the ladder of the SuperAger, they are not quite there yet. When you watch them, and follow their motive, and passion, one thing is for sure that they are trying to avoid the Alzheimer’s, old age, depression, isolation, and trying to prevent cognitive decline, and sure will live longer.
According to experts, people should choose a habit, something good for brain and body, and something they enjoy doing it. Also it’s good to do it on a regular basis. They will stay healthy, will keep their mind sharp, and even may live longer.
**”A poor man when he reaches out to you does not beg, but offers you the Kingdom of God.” Orthodox Quote.
Peace around the world,
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy, June, 2021
Random Acts of Kindness
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely. Thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, health care workers, food suppliers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. Give thanks to all those heroes who are sacrificing their lives to help others during this Pandemic. You all are Angels.