In our youth oriented culture, Currier asks us to venerate the very old. Merely surviving to old age doesn’t guarantee wisdom; it may just be good genes. But if we listen, she says, our elders gift us with pure truth.
After twenty five years as a nurse in Assisted Living, Currier has collected a trove of stories, with souls gruff and funny, sometimes feeble and terrifying:
• meet a ninety year old lady who wants to know about syphilis
• discover why Santa’s pants fell to his ankles
• learn how a love story ends on different floors
• find out why the Currier’s paid for a cat to have a sex change operation
• share in a dignified death with perfect timing
Why venerate the very old? Because, as the author says, we will be them.
“This is an affectionate and compelling account of how we live out our last days. There’s much here to be learned and savored from an insightful writer and the unforgettable characters who lived in her home.” Lary Bloom, founder of the former Northeast Sunday Magazine at the Hartford Courant, author and educator.