I was pleased to learn that croft is defined as a kitchen garden. A kitchen garden is small, productive, probably organic, and friendly. I am told that some elderly people resist going to greencroft because they fear losing control. When I first went to Greencroft I knew I had to give control to others. But, a gentle angel in the form of a social worker questioned me about my preferences: Did I prefer to choose my own clothing? Etc? Control was given back to me as I was able to exercise it.
Since coming home I was informed by a TV special of the value of friends to ill persons. I know that is true. A former colleague from Sarasota and a friend and distant relative from Forks Mennonite came frequently to visit and pray with me. My friendly neighborly friend kept me supplied with beautiful bouquets from her garden like the Jerusalem Artichoke bouquet on the right.
Some member of my family came daily to sit with me. This included Conrad who often came after a full day of work as a mechanic.
This dog was only a year and a half old and had never engaged in a race. I saw another pug-like dog. He kicked his leg vigorously when I scratched his side.
Greencroft’s Angels came in all genders, all colors, and even as animals, birds, and fish. Rhoda and I and “Joy” and her Dave experienced Greencroft as a place of friendship and care.
My special friend “Joy” lives within walking distance of room 508 in Gables. She visited me almost every day. When negotiating the privileges and boundaries of our friendship we promised to pay regular visits if either of us were in a hospital or an institution like Greencroft. We did not know who would be the first to go to a place of special care.
“Joy” did more than visit me. When I was able go outside with a walker, she took me for walks in the Indiana sunshine in one of Greencroft’s court yards. She took me to Sunday School and to Sunday dinner at Rachel’s home. In the afternoon we visited Calendar Garden. We were in her car and she was the driver. We neglected to get the GPS from my car, ventured into the country and we got lost. A call to Eldon got us directed home to Greencroft.