Morning Pointe of Louisville volunteer Rosetta Raso hosted a show and tell event with the senior living residents.
What she found revealed much about the seniors’ lives. The residents each brought relics that recollected their livelihoods. Precious heirlooms and treasured talismans told tales of the legacies left in their minds.
Like the story of Ann Fuchs, Morning Pointe resident, who shared the very last doll she received. Dressed in a nun’s clothing, the antique was a gift dressed by Fuchs’ aunt, Sister Theolinda, who was a charity nun. She also shared a newspaper article published in June 1939 about her aunt’s death, which occurred only four hours before the death of Fuchs’ mother, Isabelle Bowling Greenwell.
The article reads: “Two sisters, Mrs. Isabelle Bowling Greenwell, 54 and Sister Theolinda, age 52 died at St. Joseph Infirmary Monday afternoon. Mrs. Greenwell died at 1:20 PM three hours after she was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage at the bedside of her sister, who died at 6:00 PM following an operation.”
Other show and tell items invoked the spirit of a world well traveled, as did Gene Burns’ historic maps. The maps — made of silk — depicted Europe, New York City and historic sites from World War II. Burns, a former cartographer, says the maps were made of silk to prevent them from being destroyed by water.
Morning Pointe of Louisville will offer another show and tell session in September, and residents are already looking forward to sharing stories of their own.
Photo: (back, left to right) Rosetta Raso, volunteer, with Jewel Dailey and Gene Burns, and (front, left to right) Jean Strayhorn and Ann Fuchs, Morning Pointe of Louisville residents, examine Burns’ historic maps.