The Shenley Wood Retirement Village in the U.K. decided to get creative by making a fun, new calendar. Boy, did they succeed.
First suggested by community member Peter Mercer, the calendar would consist of photos showcasing reproductions of classic movie posters…featuring the residents in starring roles. Activities manager Lauren McMillan loved the idea, and pursued the project with photographer Ian Cann.
While cute puppies and firefighters are often first to come to mind as the stars of a photo calendar, be prepared to rethink the norm. If this is what you get to do in retirement communities, getting old sounds like a lot of fun.
“Luke, I am your grandfather.”
“Nobody puts Grammy in a corner!”
“It should take you exactly 4 seconds to cross from here to that door. I”ll give you a minute, because of your hip.”
“Why I make more money than – than – than Calvin Coolidge! I get those sweet Social Security checks, baby!”
“Toto, I have a feeling we”re not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the hill!”
“You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize. But if I”m asleep, don”t wake me up, or else I”ll be cranky the next day.”
“Better shape up, “cause I need a man, and my pacemaker is set on you!”
“Frankly, my dear, I don”t give a denture.”
“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices. Like my choice to take a nap instead of play another godawful round of bingo.”
“No! I tell you no! I won”t have you bringing some young girl in for supper! Not until I get my good china and put out fresh doilies!”
“I”ll make him an offer he can”t refuse: 75% percent off the early bird special at Old Country Buffet.”
“And may all your Christmases be white. And not too noisy, and with all the grandkids in bed early so you can watch your soap operas.”
I really hope this becomes a tradition. If you”d like purchase this calendar or individual photos you can find them here. All proceeds will fund activities that benefit residents living at the retirement village.
This kind of good-natured humor is great, and shows that getting old definitely doesn”t mean having less fun.