Urbana resident Chamberlain’s winning essay

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The Urbana Champaign County Senior Center held an essay contest among its members. The following is the essay of the winner.

Essay by Dorothy Chamberlain, 87, of Urbana:


I no longer wear “stylish,” sexy, uncomfortable attire (tight jeans, high heels, panty hose, push-up bra, etc.). My closet now contains soft sweaters, sensible shoes, comfortable slacks, basic cotton underwear, and flannel nightgowns (Sorry Bob).


When folks see me and my cane approaching, they rush to open doors. Their kind smiles warm my soul. Those thoughtful actions brighten their day, and mine too!


The very best part of growing older is being a Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma. When they place those sweet little bundles into your arms, when you attend their lovely weddings, their proud graduations, their exciting sports events…Your heart just sings! We marvel at their beauty, charm, talents, traits, and faults — Yes, they are human too!


Most of us seniors seem to have lots of it. Time to travel, time to read, time to garden, time to nap, time to bake, time to visit, time to shop… “Hey, I saw a cute little item that isn’t flannel, should I buy it?”

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Submitted by the Urbana Champaign County Senior Center.

Submitted by the Urbana Champaign County Senior Center.