Monday, April 7, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 21

This past week I called three different nursing homes but none of them answered. My mom and I decided that we should go to these nursing homes some time so we can actually talk to them face to face. I'm guessing they're really busy, so I think this would work out better. These nursing homes are all relatively close to me, so it'll make this easier. I am running out of time though, so I'm freakin out a tiny bit. But, failure is an option, and I might be fable to be successful but it'll still be acceptable if I fail. I also called shorepointe and Lora said I could visit any time of the week if I wanted to, and because I'm finished with basketball that might be easier to do.  I never thought it would be this hard to do something that I thought would be so easy, and it's frustrating, so I'm determined to get in the nursing home quite often in the next quarter. 

I also have to start writing my speech, and I'm having a difficult time coming up with an idea for it. There's so many angles I could take, and it's hard to choose the best one. So, that's one of the hinge I'll work hard on soon. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 20

This week I started thinking about my Ted Talk. I'm getting pretty nervous about all the deadlines, so I'm going to start putting ideas together for my speech. I'm thinking of starting off by telling the reason behind my project. How I thought about all the seniors who might want a friend that can visit, and the motivation behind it, especially after my grandma passed. I also will talk about how it was pretty hard to start, and to find time to do it and how it helped me with a lot of things like time management. It's going to be pretty hard finding a lot of stuff to talk about. Eight minutes seems like forever to me! Speaking in front of people is something that's pretty hard for me, so it'll be a challenge.

I also tried calling a nursing home that's closer to my house, but no one seemed to be open the hours I tried to call so I'll try during the week. I'm hoping Sunrise will be open to accepting my ideas, because they seem like a really nice nursing home. It's been hard finding time in such a busy schedule to drive all the way to shorepointe. But they were so nice and they loved my idea, so I'm still in a pickle with what I should do. I'm hoping all the other nursing homes will be the same!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 19

This week, I started to try to find a different nursing home I could start visiting. Not that I don't like shorepointe, but it is a long drive and since I'm not old enough to drive, it's a pretty big hassle. So, I've been looking for nursing homes in Grosse Pointe. While I do that, I'm still going to visit ShorePointe but I'm hoping I can transfer over quickly and smoothly. At the beginning of the year, I contacted SOC, and I think I might call them again just in case any of the other one's don't work out. So for the next week, I'll try to get in to the nursing home and also make a few phone calls. That's pretty much it for this week, I have a lot more I need to get done!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 18

I have liked a lot of things about 20 time. So far it has been an eye opening experience, and a challenge. I liked that it has made me step out of my comfort zone, but I guess that could've been a negative for me too. I get really nervous doing this kind of stuff, but I don't know why. That's why I'm super nervous to give my speech, I'm not the best at public speaking. But other than that, I know I'll appreciate this project, and my idea ended up being a success, at least in my eyes. I still have a lot to do but I like where ts going. One thing I don't like is the time it takes to make it happen. I wasn't expecting it to be this much work, but since it's been such a busy basketball season, it's hard to balance all the things I have to go to and do and all the things I have to do with the nursing home. But, it does help me with my time management so I like that about it too. One thing I would've done differently is I would've started way early, because I slacked off a lot the first couple weeks, and then I got behind because the first few calls I made didn't work out for me. But I finally figured out what I have to do to make it work, so it has been a little easier. All in all, I'm glad I've had this chance to participate in a once in a life time project such as this because I learn so much from it. 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 17

This week over break, I finally got to meet a few senior citizens at shorepointe! As an introduction to this whole process, the director of volunteers told me and my cousin Alex to come in and help at a birthday party. Each month at Shore Pointe,  they hold a birthday celebration for the seniors who have a birthday during the month, and they include cake and have a performer for all of them to enjoy. It was so nice to see all the family members that came to visit them, and we got to talk to the people who didn't have any visitors. They loved seeing us, and asking us questions about our life. They loved hearing about how I play basketball and that I play on a successful team, and asked a lot of other questions. While we were passing out cake and coffee, my cousin had asked a man if he needed anything else and he said,  "I know one thing I need, a smile." After my cousin smiled for him, his face lit up and he said that it made her day. Little things like that is why I love this experience, because even this little things like a smile can make someone's day so much better.

I can't wait to continue this, because I know  they appreciate it and both Alex and I will appreciate it too. I need to find a better time and day to come though, because lately Saturday hasn't been working out too well and I can never come, so I think I'll  try to figure out a better day. But, I don't think that will be until mid may because this is the craziest time of the hear: basketball is coming to an end, and we're hoping to get to the championship so this is where the craziness starts! I have to get everything together so I can keep making progress!!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 16

This week my mom signed me up for a retreat with very late notice. I was supposed to meet my grandparent but since I was at retreat I was not able to. I was very frustrated because I was not expecting it. I am a little behind now, but I'll hopefully catch up soon. At my retreat, I was at a module about making time to do good and the speaker mentioned ways we could do this. One thing she said made me very happy because she had mentioned that a way of giving back is to visit senior citizens in a nursing home, especially ones that don't have anyone who visits them. This really made me feel good about my 20 Time, because I know I'm giving back and that it's a really good thing that I'm doing and I know I will appreciate it. I don't have muh else to say because I didn't get much done, but Alex and I will meet our first grandma this weekend so I'm very excited! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Adopt a Grandparent Post 15

On Saturday me and my cousin Alex stopped by the nursing home to get our tests done. It was just a quick, painless shot and we were out of there in fifteen minutes. We have to go back either Monday or Tuesday to see if the results come back negative, and if they do then next week we get to meet our first grandparent. We were discussing ideas about what we should do, and my mom and cousin both suggested for the first time, we'll just get to know our grandparent, and talk about their life and tell them about ours. After that, we can play games with them and many other things that I had in mind in previous weeks. Lora told me that we'll just stick with one person for now, and once we're more comfortable we'll expand and hopefully get more volunteers and give our company to more grandparents. I hope they enjoy our company and that we enjoy theirs too. I have no idea what to expect, and I can't wait to find out. That's pretty much it for this week!! Can't wait until next Saturday!