Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When I Was an Activity Director

When I was an activity director,
everyday was filled with activity.

This was the backdrop for one of our Mr. & Mrs. NH pageants.

When I was an activity director, 
I wore more than one hat.

Some days I was a domestic engineer
(a foo foo name for housekeeper).

Some days I was a food service manager.
( a glorified name for being on lunchroom duty)

Some days I was a nurse 
(without the degree)
healing boo boos with kisses.

Some days I was a Certified Nursing Assistant, 
wiping noses and cleaning nails.

Some days I was the social service director,
dealing with problems that went home with me.

Some days I was an accountant, 
trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip 
while balancing the activity fund.

When I was an activity director, 
on a given day, I have been known 
to assist with transfer of a 300 pound resident
just to make sure that the resident
was able to attend the only activity he enjoyed, 
yes BINGO.

When I was an activity director
I cringed at the word BINGO.

I wish I had thought of this then:)

When I was an activity director, 
I was hugged and/or kissed everyday.

I was surrounded by people 
who made me smile.

I got excited 
when a resident yelled "Bingo."

When I was an activity director, 
I tried to make each event an experience
and each experience an event.

I knew that I was making a difference
every day of my life. 

When I was an activity director, 
my motto was 
"Every day is a celebration of life."

Shouldn't that be our motto every day?

So let's blow up some balloons and have a party!



  1. God bless you, GF, that was certainly important work and I'm sure you were well loved by those whose life you touched. Great photos of happy times!

  2. Such an important job. It adds so much to their lives. xo LAura

  3. I can see that you were a wonderful activity director! Bingo is still a big deal at our nursing home.

  4. Looks like a wonderful, fulfilling position!

  5. You have made a difference in many lives , I am sure. What a blessing all your hard work must have been to everyone. I bet you have lots of friends who remember all your work and dedication. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  6. Bonnie, how very precious. It would appear that you were a wonderful activity director and I would say that you touched many hearts over the years.
    I really enjoyed this post. It was good to come for a visit.
    Blessings to you! Debbie

  7. I'm sure you were a GREAT activity director too, Bonnie! Those old folks sure do like bingo, don't they? I am sure you made a difference in many a life and the smiles warmed your heart, no doubt! Great post!

  8. I'm sure you made a big difference for the people there. A good attitude is very catching.

  9. A great way to look at life and I am sure that you did a great job in all of your different roles! xx

  10. Oh I have enjoyed this post so much. My mom is in our local NH and I can't count the times that I have come to the aid of our activity directors! Matter of fact the sweet residents thinks I work there! LOL! Bingo is my favorite...and the ice cream socials, and pop corn socials and well...we just had a Luau Party! The Lord will surely bless your service to Him! Thanks for sharing. Made me smile this morning. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  11. Wonderful Bonnie, you are so sweet.Blessings Francine.

  12. You have been a blessing to so many...some with thanks, but I bet there a lot that didnt verbally thank you, but appreciated all you did.

  13. From the looks of it...you did a wonderful job directing those activities! Great message!

  14. It sounds like it was a very rewarding job! I'm sure everyday was different too.

  15. Sounds like fun to me:) I think everyday should be a celebration of life too! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  16. I am so guilty of not seeing the rainbow and only the storm until it is to late and realized I missed the beauty of the rainbow...I just think that is part of the enemies (satan's) plan to destroy any good work we do...I suppose we are to look at the lives touched...changed...because we were diligent...faithful and determined to complete a job...God was there...He was blessing...changing.touching those we worked with..we worked for and even us too. He is a good God and was there all the time.. pretty awesome.. So cherish the memories.. I know you ministered to many..and you learned something valuable...how to just have fun..a party! If I were closer...we would blow up balloons and party...why? Just because.. by the way, great writing in this post today... and lesson! Blessings!

  17. What a blessing you were and are to so many! Important Work!


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