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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Opie writes a letter...companionship to the elders is the best gift

Opie wrote his first letter. I thought it would be fun to send letters to our elder friends in Wiscasset inbetween our therapy visits. And besides, Opie is practicing his penmanship...or is it pengoatship?

I didn't want to share the letter before our friends received it, but thought I'd share it now. They really got a kick out of it. I also made a puzzle for them with their photos with Opie and they liked that too. Puzzles are great for all ages, we always had a table with one going when I was growing up.Just a nice way to gather, use your eyes, brain and maybe have some chatter too.

I have no intention of buying a bunch of stuff for our friends. My mission with my elder work is simple: bring animal and nature to them, stories of the farm for cheer or conversation, and just be friends. Gifts are nice, or even essentials, but I want my main focus to be on companionship. I like bringing handmade surprises, or eggs, and the wrist warmers this fall from our sheep wool is a way to bring the farm to them. And pie...have to bake a pie. I also share eggs with residences when I can too.

Keep it simple and from the heart. Don't need to start buying 'stuff'.

I made special stamps for Opie's letters too. I might have to have him write me so I can get one in the mail.

{We do not charge the elder residences for our therapy visits. We are not taking a salary from the 501[c][3]. If you would like to make a donation we are always in need of them. It helps feed and care for the animals and allows us to continue our elder therapy work. Thank you.}





3 comments:

Lisa Hofmann said...

I believe Opie could teach a course on the art of letter writing! He is a natural! What beautiful connections being made locally ... and across the miles. I smile seeing this map of the barn, important details like "grumpy pig bed" and while I cannot be there, I still feel a part of it all. Perhaps Opie can make a quiche for his guests with all of his eggs?

Oh wow. Just had an idea for an embroidered piece! xo

Lin said...

I agree--keep it simple! I think they will LOVE the letter. Who doesn't love to get mail?!

World of Animals, Inc said...

Opie we love your letter. We also hope you can keep your pet chicken. We will be waiting to see what the name will be. Thanks for the share.
World of Animals

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