A Few Words on Aging

One of our very talented (and thoughtful) elderly clients wrote the below poem and gave us permission to share her work with you.     

It is our privilege to advise our elderly clients and their families, whether it be in the context of estate planning, long term care planning, or guardianship planning.   Thank you for the poem, Miss Dorothy. And thank you for the reminder for us to cherish each day that we are given.

The Woman In The Mirror

I went to the bathroom this morning
To brush my teeth you see–
I glanced up at the mirror
And someone was looking at me.
I wondered what she was doing there,
For it was someone I didn’t know—

Her face was full of wrinkles
And her hair was white as snow.
I think her eyes were brown—like mine are
Tho they weren’t easy to see.
But she didn’t comb her hair like I did
So I knew it couldn’t be me
both of us stood there staring at each other
Neither of  us saving a word.
I looked at her secretly thinking,
“I’m glad I’m not that old!”
I wanted her to leave—so—I started to say
“Would you like me to leave you alone?”
She started to say the same thing to me.
(I think she thought this was her home!)
I turned on the water to rinse my face
She did the same thing too
It startled me so-I wanted to cry!
“I can’t be the same as you!!”
Then I felt a little ashamed
She looked a little bit sad.
And then she quietly said to me
“Things really aren’t that bad;.”
So we smiled at each other, realizing
We were both one and the same,
Me in that old body,
She on this young frame!
Thankful for our health,
Our family, friends, and home
Just waiting for that day
When the good Lord says, “Well done.”
Then the old woman with her white hair and
With the young woman somewhere inside,
Walked out of the bathroom “together,”
Just happy to be alive!

Dorothy L.
May 9, 2000

 

November is National Adoption Awareness Month

Did you know that November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month?

 We believe that all adoption-related issues are important, although the specific focus of this month is the adoption of children currently in foster care.

Activities and celebrations are kicked off with a Presidential Proclamation, and while efforts made at the national level certainly help build awareness of adoption, participation in local programs, events, and activities by those of us with a direct connection to adoption can often be the most effective way to promote positive perceptions, debunk the myths, and draw attention to the tens of thousands of children in foster care who wait and hope for permanent families.

If you have an interest in fostering a child or supporting adoptive families for children in the foster care system in Indiana, we encourage you to join us and the Indiana Department of Child Service at an adoption awareness event to be held this weekend, November 19th, 2011 at the Family Support Center at 1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street in Indianapolis from 11-3pm.  Attendance is free and open to all ages.

Several adoption professionals will be in attendance to answer questions, offer resources, and promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in the foster care system in Indiana.

Working with foster families to ensure permanency for kids is one of the most rewarding parts of our practice.     In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for the foster families who open their homes and hearts to waiting children.

Thank you.