I offered to write Sagora’s last blog for 2015 to take the time to reminisce and remind myself of why, over 18 years later, I still wake up every day loving that I serve seniors for a living. What an incredible experience to not only recall some of my better childhood memories, but to also realize that my story could be told by so many others who have a loved one living in a Sagora community.
My grandparents were a huge part of my childhood. For a young girl who was born and raised in Houston, spending time with my grandparents in Cut and Shoot, Texas was quite the scene and experience. Picture a wood-paneled station wagon, a post office that also served every popcorn flavor you can imagine, one church in which I attended at least three times a week, tractor riding, daily berry picking, growing our own food, burying all of our pets under our peach tree and countless, amazing war stories … Just to name a few. I can still recall the smells of homemade food that would pour out of granny’s kitchen; she was such a great cook, and passed down the love of cooking to me, and now one of my sons as well. I will always cherish that gift from her.
Now for those of you who know me, I am far from a country girl, so please do not let these words confuse you. My memories in Cut and Shoot were all dear experiences, but I turned out a bit different than a country girl. Instead, what I want you to take from this blog is that the seniors we serve in Sagora every day are those who have created similar experiences for others as well. You can never go back, but what a treat it is to take the time to recall and celebrate them. My memories may seem small, but they hold such a special place in my heart. I lost all of my grandparents before I graduated from high school, but because of what I do for a living, I get to experience the same wisdom, knowledge, love and passion of the 2500 residents who call one of our communities home. This short blog took me a long time to write but it also made me slow down, close my eyes, remember the laughs, remember the fun and remember why seniors are so important in our lives. You only have grandparents once … Well, unless you do what I do!
As our residents, families and associates go through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we should never take for granted all of those who do not have loved ones, family or company with them at this time. To those who are experiencing feelings of loneliness or despair, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I hope you find peace and love in an experience, memory or occasion this holiday season.
– Dara Brown, Vice President of Operations and Sales