January 23rd, 2011
On Hatteberg's People, this is a simple story, but one worth telling because the woman involved is one of those upbeat members of the older generation who is ageless. Lenora Graham of Florence helps the elderly....and it doesn't matter the weather....
"I have a chicken on my plate and I have chicken all round my kitchen."
She does! Everywhere around her kitchen, she is the quintessential grandmother. A kitchen with not a spoon out of place. In the past, a life with a good man, now gone....and over the years growing from that girl, to a family with two adopted boys to a life now that continues to serve.
"I said I always have to check on you."
"Yeah, well we're going to get this finished eventually. We've already been nearly two months on it."
Lenora's visiting takes place at Marion's Sr. Center. That's where she drives once a week. Here, she visits, but can't stay long.
"There is a lot of camaraderie there."
In the kitchen the cooks are in gear preparing the plates for Meals on Wheels. Lenora isn't her to partake. You see....she delivers them. Oh yeah, Lenora's age.....90!
"I have been delivering meals for about 25 years."
That's right! Ninety years old and delivering meals to the elderly.
"I'm just blessed that I can still get around and be active."
"Thank you Leonard."
"I've delivered in a lot worse than today. (laugh)"
"I think it means business with this snow. (laugh)"
"If I see a need, I want to do something about it. It gives me pleasure to help people. After all, that's what we're here for."
"Ok we will go in."
"Yeah, nice little snow here....'yeah'."
"OK, hi Elsie."
"You have a lot of help today."
"Yeah, we sure do have a lot of help."
"I think people respond to kindness.
"We'll see you later."
"There isn't anyone who doesn't like to have people care about them!"
"You don't find very many people that don't respond to kindness."
"Here's your meal."
"You're ready for it...ok"
"Nasty day....nasty day, yes."
"I like to do it because it helps people. Just to let them know you care about them. It means a lot to them."
"Are you having breakfast?"
"Committing your life to the Lord! That's my key, that's my help.....that's my life."