“To the world you may be one person, but to that one person you may be the world.”Dr. Seuss
We can only imagine that many of the staff and residents are feeling a sense of relief that the week has come to an end. This feeling does not stem from long days or physical taxation; rather, it is a result of the efforts and the accomplishments of our residents. This week, it is tangibly present that the reward of progress takes its toll. To engage in pure trust, a willingness to be accepting, vulnerable, and honest takes far more energy than shoveling snow. Yet, our residents are challenged to develop these traits in addition to moving mountains of the white stuff.
Holiday efforts steamed forward this week with an atmosphere of both jolliness and sadness. Preparing for the holidays at Ironwood is an embodiment of community; no one act or gift is for any one individual. It is all shared and with appreciation. The holiday seasons provides us with many learning opportunities, including one lesson that stands out the most: family. Our staff are all empathetic to the fact that residents’ families are temporarily separated. We are proud to validate the challenge of residents serving themselves independently; yet, each of them feels safe and hopeful knowing that their families are also working within this program to help create a better families.
In addition to a typical schedule of school, chores, and clinical groups, residents continued to spend time spreading the holiday cheer. After this most recent snowfall, there was an epic sledding race down the hill to the beaver pond. Both campuses are knuckles deep in sewing their very own stockings, and residents are spending time creating campus Christmas flair with a variety of art projects to be used as decorations. Last night, the campus was covered in frosting and cinnamon, while a massive batch of gingerbread cookies were being made.
You may be able to gather that this week’s focus has been grounded in celebration. Most have learned to understand that “celebration” includes spending time with family, community meals, sharing gratitude to those you care about, and spreading some communal cheer. You may have traditional ways to celebrate; like always going to your grandmother’s house or making fudge, and we are hopeful to be able to create some new traditions for each of the residents this year to be able to take home.
All of us at Ironwood hope that you have a very pleasant and restful weekend.