Ripley Senior News

Janet F. Smart
Ripley Senior News

Hi, everyone. The Center is still closed and will remain closed until further notice.

My riddle this week is: What did the bee say to the flower?

The Jackson County Commission on Aging is still serving meals three days a week. Meals will be available at the senior centers and delivered for Meals on Wheels on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Frozen meals will be given out on Thursday for Friday and Monday.

We would like to send our sympathy and prayers out to Gene Harpold. His wife, Dolly, passed away on March 15. She was a long-time member of the Ripley Seniors, always bringing cheer and laughter to everyone. She enjoyed writing funny or sometimes heart-felt prose to share with the seniors. She loved our parties and always dressed the part, whether in pink poodle skirts and saddle oxfords for the 50s hops or wearing a costume for Halloween. She had a kind heart and was a good friend to many. She will always be remembered and loved by her senior friends.

Spring has officially arrived. It is the beginning of the season in which daylight again outlasts darkness and life “springs” forth. It is not surprising that the flower for March is the daffodil. Our yellow daffodils have already bloomed. The leaves of my Naked Ladies are standing tall, it won’t be long before they die back and I won’t see them again until July, when they pop up almost overnight and show us their pretty pink flowers. The insects and peepers are singing, “I’m back!”

I found some fun quotes about spring. A. A. Milne (author of Winnie the Pooh) said, “She turned to the sunlight and shook her yellow head and whispered to her neighbor: Winter is dead.” And Mark Twain said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” Gustav Mahler said, “Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.”

Did you know that Sunday, March 28, is National Weed Appreciation Day? To some the yellow dandelion is a weed and they try their best to rid their yard of them. Before they turn to seed, I think one of the prettiest sights is a yard filled with purple violets and yellow dandelions. And I’m not just saying that because that’s what I see when I gaze out at our yard in spring and summer. These bright flowers also serve a purpose. They are a food source for insects and some birds. Humans eat young dandelions leaves and enjoy tea made from the leaves and flowers. The Native Americans used them to treat certain ailments. Nutritionally, these pesky weeds, as some people call them, contain a source of vitamin A and C, calcium, iron and fiber. When they start to grow in your yard, go out and pull a fistful, place them in a small vase and enjoy them before they turn to seed.

March is fickle and we never know what to expect on any one day. If a pretty day comes your way, go out and revel in it because tomorrow it may be cold, rainy or even snowy. I don’t think it will happen this year, but I remember in March of 1993 we had ‘The Great Blizzard.’

So, even if it is just sitting out on your porch, get out and enjoy each nice day that March gives us.

I leave you with the following verses:

Matthew 6:28 and why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Song of Solomon 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;

Answer to riddle: Hello honey!