I met Sylvia at the recent launch of the ‘Midlothian Joint Older People’s Strategy’. Sylvia caught the mood of the event perfectly when she emphasised how important it was for older people to retain “a sense of purpose”. Whilst exploring this theme Sylvia forwarded me this email …
To commemorate her 69th birthday Julie Andrews recently visited Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. One of the numbers she performed was an updated version of ‘My Favourite Things’ from ‘Sound of Music’. It goes as follows. For best effect, sing along …
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.
Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so sad.
Ms. Andrews apparently received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes.