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Senior Moments: Best-laid plans best described by a tiny mouse's behavior

Emma Edwards
By Emma Edwards, Thursday, September 5, 2019

It was just one of those days!

Everything seemed to go wrong with my planned outing. Out of my mouth popped the old expression, “best-laid plans of mice and men.” And, later, I pondered where the expression came from.

A few of my “sources” revealed it was from a poem, “To a Mouse,” written by Scottish author Robert Burns in 1785 and found above the chimney in the parlor of an inn. While plowing on a November day, Burns ruined the nest of a field mouse supposedly snuggled in for the winter. He pondered why the wee mouse runs away in such terror.

“The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, An' lea'e us nought but grief an’ pain For promis’d joy. Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic’s in thy breastie!”

Do take a moment and go to Warrenton Community Library and read the entire poem. It’s a good read!

So, back to one of those days. As seniors, we realize the time will arrive when our homes have to be “plowed under.” A new home will be found; not all joy! But, for some, it turns in to the biggest blessing of their lives.

Attitude, of course, has a lot to do with it. Even when driving privileges are denied due to age and/or circumstance, we kind of feel plowed under. Often, when a field is plowed under, it’s being readied for a planting of seed, eventually resulting in new growth. Maybe we should feel that way about our circumstances. It’s a new life!

New life could be around the corner. Some purchase a travel trailer and become RVers when they willingly or are forced to give up their homes. My hubby and I did just that and joined a group called the Escapees RV Club. We were blessed to travel to many states and make many lifelong friends.

To this day, if you learn a visitor is an Escapee member upon telling them you are too (or were) then you get a big hug from them and sometimes a meal. So we really don’t need to feel sorry for ourselves when we feel our house has been plowed under.

Stretch your horizons and maybe see what God has around the corner for you. Maybe it will be a whole new life with joy unfathomable!

Another option for seniors is to check out assisted or independent senior residences or consider adult foster care homes as an alternative. Meals are included in most cases.

Many still come to local senior meal sites in Astoria 503-791-7298, Seaside 503-738-7323 and/or Warrenton 503-861-3502. For those who can’t or don’t drive, local buses are available to transport you places.

To learn what’s readily available in many areas of your life, a good contact would be Northwest Senior and Disability Services by the animal shelter in Warrenton, 503-861-4200.


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