The Deep Blue House
by Libby Johnson, Meals on Wheels Assessor
The deep blue house is nestled comfortably amid the trees, a wide expanse of well-worn porch guiding the visitor to the front door. “Come in!” calls 92 year-old Charlotte from a chair by the kitchen table. “How do you like my blue house?” she smiles. Charlotte had had her house painted a deep royal blue recently, and seemed so pleased with the effect. Deep smile lines and twinkly eyes light up her face as she relates how her husband built their house in 1954 and together they raised three girls here. Photos of over 25 grandchildren and great grandchildren in a variety of places and poses line the walls.
Unable to move easily, Charlotte must use a walker to get around. Various medical problems may slow her pace, but they seem to have no effect on her kind and cheerful spirit. However, Charlotte is still reeling from an enormous loss. Last December her husband of nearly 60 years was tragically and accidently killed while waiting for the bus near their home. Charlotte could hear the sirens but had no idea what had happened until some time later. All their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren converged on Harborview Hospital to sing and pray at her husband’s bedside. Though he never regained consciousness, she is sure he was comforted by the outpouring of love from his family.
And so Charlotte now lives alone in the house they built so many years ago. Her daughter created a special memory garden in the backyard using stones that Charlotte and her husband had collected on their many delightful camping trips over the years. She derives such peace and pleasure from the recollections that linger in the many photos and paintings and other mementos around their home. Her family visits often and helps as much as possible, but Charlotte relies on the Meals on Wheels program to ensure her continued independence and ability to remain in her comfortable and reassuring home. “I love Meals on Wheels”, Charlotte declares unequivocally, “ and everyone with it!”
Charlotte, you and your husband built a wonderful home and a wonderful family. We are so glad to be able to help you continue to enjoy it!