Speaking of Slippers…
September 1, 2012
When she reached up to pull the blinds last night, Alice hurt her upper back. When you’re 97, it’s so much easier to get hurt doing simple things. But, ever resourceful, she put the vibrator from her Sonic Alert SB300 Sonic Boom Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock under her back and rested on it for a while.
This morning she told me that her back feels a little better. She’s certain it’s because of the vibrator.
She has that clock because several readers suggested a vibrating alarm clock when I was searching for an alarm she could hear. (See Tick-Tock.) It works. What would we do without you? Thank you.
But sometimes I don’t know what to make of Alice’s resourcefulness. Now she has decided that a white stripe up the back of her new black slippers looks “too sporty.” She asked me to bring her a black magic marker.
She’s not fond of the white trim around the bottom of the slippers either. For some reason, I keep forgetting to bring that marker.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Glide somewhere in a kayak, as these friends did this past week and stopped for a short visit at my houseboat.
Or put on your slippers and read a good book, such as this brand new McElderry Book of Mother Goose, a selection that’s a mix of favorites and very old, unusual, rarely reprinted rhymes, compiled and illustrated by my dear friend Petra Mathers.
Whatever you do, I hope you will labor not. Unless you want to.
(The image of Albert in his fuzzy slippers came from Ronni Bennett at Time Goes By, an excellent site featuring resources for elders including articles about elder law, health issues, politics, music, poetry, a “Gay and Gray” column, and much more.)