05 March 2017

Getting a Dog at 82 Years Old - Laughing with Mary Maxwell

With the timing of a professional comedian, this diminutive little old lady shines a very funny light on the foibles of aging, to the delight of an audience filled with .

before dinner is served I would like to

invite our dear friend Mary Maxwell to the podium we are so happy that she can be here tonight and we are honored to have her deliver tonight's invocation ladies and gentlemen please welcome Mary Maxwell ladies and gentlemen as a new client of Home Instead and friend and former neighbor of Laurie and Paul Hogan I am so honored to be chosen to offer the invocation this evening so let us pray God our Father you know all that Home Instead believes in in strives for and we ask your blessing on the Home Instead family the management the staff the caregivers and the clients we are grateful for the way that everyone here tonight contributes to the success of the mission of Home Instead and we ask you to continue to bless them and this food which we are about to receive amen oh oh sorry God as long as I have the microphone there are a few things I forgot to mention first of all just to introduce myself a little over the years I've noticed that the two things most people want to know about you are the two things they're far too polite to ask so let's get that out of the way I'm 72

years old and I weigh 145 as you know we seniors are sometimes not very likable let alone lovable so lord could you please continue to keep the people of Home Instead patient and aware of why we are the way we are and Lord please remind them that the thing about old age is that you don't get a chance to practice this is the first time I've ever been old and it just sort of crept up on me there were signs random hair growth that's special particularly that first time you go to brush a hair off your lapel and discover it's attached to your child you turn your left turn signal on in the morning and leave it on all day [Applause] non-life-threatening skin grows large enough to name after deceased pets and relatives begin to appear and neck tissue seems to develop a life of its own last November I was afraid to leave the house Thanksgiving week aren't you quick you do strange things as you age like driving up to a curbside mailbox and ordering a cheeseburger and

fries and lord I know you're aware that one Sunday a church I put my Dillard's bill in the collection vests to private state and last Easter after services at st. Cecilia's Cathedral here in Omaha my husband stopped to talk to a friend and I went on out and got in the car to go home gentleman sitting behind the wheel said oh are you going home with me and I said oh archbishop i'm so sorry I won't even mention driving into the wrong end of the carwash people get so excited when you do that I don't know why the lady and the other car was screaming like that I was just as surprised to see her as she was to see me I also won't mention discovering that you're wearing mismatched earrings and going home to change them and ending up wearing the other mismatched hair and you know Lord that it's hard for old people to exercise I did try to jog once but it makes the lime just jump right out of your glass well Lord you understand seniors and their care and so does Home Instead and I have used before a poem I found in a local retirement home newsletter that I have always thought spoke volumes about Home Instead

blessed are they who understand my faltering step and shaking hand blessed are they who know my ears today must strain to catch the things they say blessed are they who seem to know that my eyes are dim and my wits are slow blessed are they who looked away when I spilled the coffee at table today blessed are they with a cheery smile who take the time to chat for a while blessed are they who know the ways to bring back memories of yesterday's blessed are they who make it known I'm loved respected and not alone just like you to us it's personal that's Home Instead Lord bless them all and at the end of the evening please help me find my car in the parking lot amen I'm so sorry I won't even mention driving into the wrong end of the carwash people get so excited when you do that I don't know why the lady and the other car was screaming like that I was just as surprised to see her as she was to see me I also won't mention discovering that you're wearing mismatched earrings and going home to change them and ending up wearing the other mismatched hair and you know Lord that it's hard for old

people to exercise I did try to jog once but it makes the line just jump right out of your glass well Lord you understand seniors and their care and so does Home Instead and I have used before a poem I found in a local retirement home newsletter that I have all and neck tissue seems to develop a life of its own last November I was afraid to leave the house Thanksgiving week aren't you quick you do strange things as you age like driving up to a curbside mailbox and ordering a cheeseburger and fries and lord I know you're aware that one Sunday a church I put my Dillard's bill in the collection vests to private state and last Easter after services at st. Cecilia's Cathedral here in Omaha my husband stopped to talk to a friend and I went on out and got the car to go home gentleman sitting behind the wheel said oh are you going home with me and I said oh Archbishop of why we are the way we are and lord please remind them that the thing about old age is that you don't get a chance to practice this is the first time I've ever been old and it just sort of crept up on me there were

signs random hair growth that's special particularly that first time you go to brush a hair off your lapel and discover it's attached to your chair you turn your left turn signal on in the morning and leave it on all day [Applause] non-life-threatening skin grows large enough to name after deceased pets and relatives begin to appear before dinner is served I would like to invite our dear friend Mary Maxwell to the podium we are so happy that she can be here tonight and we are honored to have her deliver tonight's invocation ladies and gentlemen please welcome Mary Maxwell ladies and gentlemen as a new client of Home Instead and friend and former neighbor of Laurie and Paul Hogan I am so honored to be chosen to offer the invocation this evening so let us pray God our Father you know all that Home Instead believes in in strives for and we ask your blessing on the Home Instead family the management the staff the caregivers and the clients we are grateful for the way that everyone here tonight contributes to the success of the mission of Home Instead and we ask you to continue to bless them and this

food which we are about to receive amen oh oh sorry God as long as I have the microphone there are a few things I forgot to mention first of all just to introduce myself a little over the years I've noticed that the two things most people want to know about you are the two things they're far too polite to ask so let's get that out of the way I'm 72 years old and I weigh 145 as you know we seniors are sometimes not very likable let alone lovable so lord could you please continue to keep the people of Home Instead patient and aware