There’s No Place Like Home
Letter From Sue
“Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” How these lyrics by John Payne ring true when we are thinking about our home here at Silveridge.
In our journey this year I hope you are finding your “Happy Place” I challenged you with in 2019. I have found mine in my home at Silveridge! We couldn’t wait to get back to our home here. Grateful as we were, we wanted to be together for Food, Fellowship and Fun. Even through the construction noise, cold rooms, and finding space for everyone, we are still in our Happy Place. Why? Because there is no place like home!
I remember the first time I left home for High School and experiencing homesickness. I could not eat or sleep and all I did was cry because I wanted to go home and be with Mom and my family. When you leave a loving and safe environment and are in an unknown place, you appreciate what you have even more. We had a dog named Rusty. Our son David was never that fond of Rusty, but when he joined the Military and went to Boot Camp he wrote us a letter and told us how much he even missed Rusty!
Years later I was fortunate to have a career with a decorating company whose mission was to “Decorate Homes with Love.” In our Code Of Ethics we recited that “Our Homes were a haven, a place of refuge, a place of peace and beauty.” Isn’t that what we hope to achieve in all of our homes?
Now that most of us are in our retirement homes here at Silveridge and other parts of the country, let’s be thinking of ways to build our community to make it the loving and peaceful home we want . Recently a couple of residents said they wanted to start a welcoming committee This committee would personally meet and greet any new members with a Silveridge mug filled with candy and goodies, plus the calendar and activity information. Somebody else wants to start an Illinois Social; that’s the idea!! Let’s build relationships and ways to get to know one another. The more we get together the happier we’ll be! We all come from different backgrounds and I challenge you to come up with ideas to build our home here.
All of you should have received a survey in your mailboxes requesting ways to improve our park. Please take the time to share your ideas. While we await completion of our Silver Center let’s all embrace the people around us and work to create a beautiful and homey environment.
If I had a pair of Ruby Red shoes I would be clicking them right now and exclaiming “There’s No Place Like Home.”