Issue 2.17 – Home for A Rest

“Here you go dear.” Hazel handed Deanna the dark roast coffee. Deanna’s eyes were red and puffy, Hazel wondered how long Deanna had been here. The two of them sat in Millie’s corner of the hospital room munching on Hazel’s scones and sipping coffee. “Thank you Hazel. You’re right, these scones are delicious! I would…

Issue 2.15 – Protocol

Hazel was patiently waiting at Millie’s door. She had knocked a second time and there was still no answer. Their 9:30 am yoga class was about to start, and with one of the elevator’s currently down, Hazel was worried about arriving late. The instructor usually placed latecomers at the back of the room, and Millie’s…

Issue 2.14 – Policy Decisions

The past week and a half saw a great deal of resident bickering and negotiations over smoking policies. In just ten days, the community had hosted a total of three Resident and Family Council meetings – the first to hear residents bring up concerns over the present situation, the second to present some options and…

Issue 2.13 – No Butts About It!

Hazel was frustrated. She had been out in the courtyard all morning tending to the flower beds, only to find that they had somehow morphed into permanent homes for cigarette butts. The more she raked at the mulch to gather them, the more she seemed to dig up. There were layers and layers of discarded…

Issue 2.12 – New Neighbours

“Well hello there!” Charlie greeted his new neighbours with a smile. They were busy working with a moving crew who were carrying the last few items into the suite. The gentleman gave an awkward smile back, but didn’t say much more. Inside, the man’s wife was doing her best to direct where everything was to…

Issue 2.11 – Senior’s Week at the Manor

It had been a busy Seniors Week at the Manor. Hazel enjoyed leading the daycare children in a milestone activity in the garden. While she had enjoyed working on all the flower beds and planters with her fellow residents, she and the gardening group had also worked with the site manager and daycare director on…

Issue 2.10 – Loneliness

Hazel was enjoying moving about the community freely without any hassle from Ruby and her friends. In fact, the group had splintered off into smaller pairings, affording Hazel more opportunities to get to know the ladies and interact pleasantly with them. She was also grateful to have Millie’s company again, not only to help with…

Issue 2.9 – A Proper Introduction

Hazel’s frustration with the group of gossips was growing. It had been a week since it all began. In that timeframe, Hazel had dealt with snickering behind her back, not being invited to participate in a number of group-led activities, and having to sit alone in the morning when she had her tea. Millie had…

Issue 2.8 – School Girl Nonsense

“Did you hear about the episode in the dining room yesterday?” A group of ladies were gathered in the activity room and were already gossiping about Walter’s outburst that took place the evening before. Hazel did her best to focus on the task at hand, washing out old planters left over from last year and…

Issue 2.7 – The Outburst

The sky was grey and gloomy, and despite weeks of gorgeous weather, Charlie and Hazel found themselves moving in cushions from the patio set they had on their balcony, to get it out from the imminent rain. “It doesn’t look like we’ll be enjoying dinner out here tonight,” Charlie thought aloud to Hazel. “Such a…

Issue 2.6 – Not Enough

Charlie had just come up the elevator after taking some things down for the ladies, who were busy outside planting. He could hear the phone ringing behind his door. “The thing never seems to stop ringing these days,” he thought to himself as he opened the door and set the keys down on the credenza….

Issue 2.5 – Fears

“I hope you don’t mind me calling, I’ve just been giving things a lot of thought after my visit with you, and I think it’s about time I look into supportive living,” Bea began to explain over the phone. “I have so many questions though. I don’t even know where to start.” Hazel remembered what…