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Those who still live out in the community, go to work, go to school, or go to their volunteer activities every Friday, may wonder what residents of senior living facilities do each day. Yesterday afternoon, many of us who live here in the villas and the assisted living facility at The Fountains of Franklin attended a ballet right here in the dining room!

A troupe of young people, now in a two-year apprenticeship with the Nashville Ballet, brought their delightful program to us, and we watched these talented dancers present Aesop’s Fables.

A smooth surface covered the floor, and Greek “columns” and other screens formed the backdrop for the production. Through music and dance, the troupe presented their beautiful renditions of The Grasshopper and the Ants, The North Wind and the Sun, The Fox and the Crow, and The Hare and the Tortoise.

At the end of the show, the dancers introduced themselves, told where they were from, how old they were, and how long they had been dancing. The troupe included one twenty-year-old man and five young women, ages seventeen to twenty. Most had been dancing since they were three years old, and they had each moved to Nashville from places as far away as California and New York to be in this special training program. At the end of their residency, only a few will be offered contracts with the senior company, but now, each one is gaining valuable experience.

The Nashville Ballet offers these presentations to schools, community centers, and senior living facilities as a way to reach out, educate, and create interest in the art of ballet.   I’m thankful they came!

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Last month, Robin and I decided the time had finally come for us to move from our “paradise home” here in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, to a new home in Franklin, Tennessee. We’ve been here 14 years, and they have been great retirement years, full of fun and service activities with many friends who have settled here from all over the country. But now we need to begin a new chapter in our lives.

Robin’s heart issues are resolved now—he’s no longer having the spasms with fluttery stomach sensations and light-headedness. His recent stents and pace maker, along with a daily medication, seem to have alleviated those problems.

However, he continues to experience memory loss. So far, it’s mostly vacations and activities from the past that he cannot remember. He still functions fairly well in his daily tasks, so while we are both healthy and able to make decisions and work together, we have embarked on the monumental tasks of sorting through, cleaning out, donating, and selling items we don’t need to take with us to our new place.

At the end of August, we made a commitment to rent a “villa” (townhome) on a transitional senior living campus called The Fountains of Franklin. We plan to live independently in our villa for a number of years, but we’ll have access to assisted living and memory care when we need it. Here is a photo of our new home at 347 Celebration Circle, Franklin, TN 37067

Two of our children, Steve and Sharon, live in Franklin, and our other son, Marty, lives only about three hours away in Maryville, TN, just south of Knoxville. It’ll be great to be closer to all of them and their families.

Moving is always traumatic, and the future is always uncertain. However, we have already sold our home here in the Village, and if all goes well, we’ll be closing on the sale and moving on October 20.  That’s exciting!

Stay tuned, my dear readers. This “Southern Story Lady” will soon be sending you her tales from the great state of Tennessee! Much love to all of you!

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