Old and Gnarly Can Be So Beautiful!

I attended a Bite of Science tonight at Valencia Community College, East Campus. During a break between speakers, I wandered outside to warm up. Some of the coldest places on Earth are conference rooms in Florida! An old and glorious live oak greeted me from across the walkway. This tree has seen years of life, reaching toward the sky, bending toward the earth, spreading its limbs and leaves gracefully like a beautiful skirt all around itself.

Homecare Orlando FL - Old and Gnarly Can Be So Beautiful!The tree drew me in. I couldn’t help myself. Its old and gnarly bark hinted at mysteries of histories of years and years gone by. I gently touched its bark and marveled at the colorful lichen splotched across the deep, woody grooves. Never once did I think, “Wow, I bet this tree was beautiful when it was young.” This tree is perfectly beautiful now, with its bumps, its scars, and its meanderings. I just kept thinking, “I wonder what stories this tree has to tell?”

Homecare Orlando FL - Old and Gnarly Can Be So Beautiful!The tree reminded me of my grandmother and my mother. I didn’t look at them and think they must have been beautiful when they were younger. They were incredibly beautiful just as they were, with all their laugh lines and swollen knuckles. They lived lovely lives and told fascinating stories of memories of people, places, and experiences.

Growing old creates opportunities to share a wealth of wisdom of lives well-lived. It’s all a matter of perspective.

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About Melanie Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Melanie is also a science teacher.
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