Now that school is starting, this “old” song keeps popping up in my “older” mind…I couldn’t remember all of the words, so in googling them I got not only the words but the history behind them:
“School Days” is an American popular song written in 1907 by Will Cobb and Gus Edwards. Its subject is of a mature couple looking back sentimentally on their childhood together in primary school.
The best known part of the song is its chorus:
- School days, school days
- Dear old Golden Rule days
- ‘Reading and ‘riting and ‘rithmetic
- Taught to the tune of the hick’ry stick
- You were my queen in calico
- I was your bashful, barefoot beau
- And you wrote on my slate, “I Love You, Joe”
- When we were a couple o’ kids
- Us seniors can feel a part of the whole school process by perhaps helping with homework–if we can understand at all how and what they teach these days! I must admit that our grandchildren correct and help us with Hebrew. My husband, a math major won’t even try to help with today’s way of doing modern math…On the other hand, what does amaze our children and grandchildren is that we and our parents actually lived through the history that they study…wars, segregation in the South(we come from Memphis, Tn. and Danville,Virginia!-how many of you know that Danville was the “last capitol of the confederacy”?!) I suggest offering to share our experiences with schools by offering to speak of our personal experiences. Of course we can also be helpful to our children by helping with the homework that we are able to help with! Meanwhile, wishing everyone a successful, happy and healthy school year.
September 2, 2014
“Change is Good for the Brain” but May not be Good for the Body….
…..It’s wedding season….trying to get in many simchas after Tisha B’av and before “the Chagim”….In planning a wedding, it’s not just the wedding day itself…there is the Shabbat Chatan or “ufruf”(the Shabbat before the wedding); the wedding and then sheva brachot which could be during the week or for a whole Shabbat which may include Melave Malka…there are many preparations for food, guests, family in addition to the bride and groom and the big wedding day itself…
Where is Savta, Bubbie, Grandma, Omah in all of this happy but overwhelming period….? Especially for an older grandparent who may be ill physically or mentally (alzheimer’s or other type of dementia), it is important to be aware of and avoid “pitfalls”….
Although Savta or Saba may be happy to see old family and friends, be happy at the simcha, it would be advisable to shorten the evening for him. The loud music, so much stimulation of seeing So many family and friends at once (many of whom he may not recognize or remember), dimmed lights which may be part of the hall’s decor, food served so late at night…may all be too overwhelming; I would recommend having
an escort just for him. Arrange a ride back after he has had a bite to eat and has danced a dance with the chatan or Kalla…It would be best if he could keep to his routine during the whole wedding period as much as possible.
It is said that it is good for the brain to experience changes such as switching pictures or furniture around, painting a room a new color, or to learn a new language but for an older frailer (grand)parent, it is best to stick to routine as much as possible.
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Summer Reflections from a Sixty Something Senior
“Summertime, and the living is easy”…..remember that song from way back when??? That’s how I’m feeling these days….satisfied to stay here in wonderful Betel where during our especially hot weather I was able to just relax in air-conditioning, enjoy our wonderful pool where we have coffee klatches with good friends; reading good books or just catching up on home organization….When our children were young, I felt that during these vacation days we just had to be doing something all of the time which meant driving in that vacation traffic, waiting in lines, crowds everywhere….now I don’t miss that at all and am just enjoying the quiet here while everyone else is at all the crowded vacation spots! I look forward to the “off-season” when we can go away and enjoy our beautiful country in a more peaceful atmosphere….There are definite advantages to being a “senior”!
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