“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato
Members and volunteers of Cheverly Village are finding playful landscapes in everyday tasks. A grocery-shopping trip is transformed into a lunch date; a session intended to encourage the member to do physical exercises is eagerly anticipated for the fun of the visit; a long drive to a medical appointment is enlivened by wide-ranging conversation. The mundane tasks of purchasing a new laptop or of organizing files yield new friendships; while the practical need to stay with a member whose caregiver is away leads to delightful story-telling sessions after which which one volunteer exclaimed, “Time flew! Wonderful stories of childhood in the country!” and another reported, “My time with (the member) was beyond delightful. It was time well spent!”
While volunteers and members expected to experience the satisfaction of helping and being helped, they are also discovering opportunities for more fun, more play, more discovery. When elders remain in the community for as long as they desire, the rest of us get to have more fun with them!
Whether you are already a volunteer, member, or just want to have a good time, please plan to engage with one of our community’s great treasures—long-time civic leader and Cheverly Village organizer, Ms. Thelma Boyd-Nash, for an Interview & Storytelling occasion on Saturday, April 8, from 2 pm to 4 pm. Cheverly Village is hosting the event at nearby Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, 4519 Rhode Island Ave, North Brentwood, MD. There will be light refreshments.
The challenges and changes experienced over almost a century underlie Ms. Boyd-Nash’s wisdom and insights about the human spirit and her continuing commitment to preserving the history of Prince George’s County. She will be joined by Mrs. Lillian Beverly, founding member of the Museum and retired Mayor of North Brentwood.
I know for a fact that as wise, dedicated, and astute as Ms. Boyd-Nash is, she is really fun to be around. Please join us on April 8!
For questions, call Cheverly Village at (240) 770 1033, or write us at Village@CheverlyVillage.org.
— Teresa Williams, Cheverly Village Board of Directors