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Lu Hickey posted this message...

I live in and manage a 24 unit apartment for the elderly. I am the only one "daring enough" to do crazy things, like this electric machine that sings, talks, prints, and all the diversity that goes with Cyber Space. Now keep in mind, the residents here range in age 77 to 93, meaning my computer is the talk of the complex.

Hardly any of the children of the residents live locally. Those at a distance, of course, have computers and EMAIL...Well, I write my email address down on a note and give to each of the residents and tell them to give this to their children, send email and I will deliver and answer it for them.

Wouldn't you know, my first customer was a 93 year old history teacher whose son lives in Chicago..(Scot of course, Andrews).

I received my email yesterday and there was a Valentine and a letter from Charles, thanking me for doing this for his mother !!! I printed off the message and took it upstairs to MS. Andrews and said "here is a Valentine from your son and when you feel like coming to my place I will show it to you on the computer." You would have thought I was the Queen of Scotland !!!

Today, we had our carry in lunch gathering and Ms. Andrews told me she was coming over to my apartment to see this computer thing. Here she came, reluctantly, and asked about this machine..So I brought her in to my desk, sat here down, and explained all the doo-dads...I then found her animated Valentine card from her son and let her see and hear it. I have never seen such emotion this lady displayed.

She hugged me and thanked me and told me::"I am so glad we have you here and I hope you never leave."

Ode to joy.


The in another message on the same topic...

I have cut and pasted my Email conversation with Ms. Andrews son in Chicago.

It turns out to be a mini bio, so to speak. But this will give the readers insight into managing housing units for the Elderly.. I am anxious to meet him and talk "Scot"..

My great-grandfather Andrews came over to Plainville, Ks. in the 1860-shot buffalo to feed the UP crew building the Plainville branch-then came to Ells. Co. in the 1870-he was a butcher in Scotland-My Grandmothers father Samuel Livingston father came to the US in the 1830 and settled in Ohio. Sam fought at age 17 in 5 major Civil War battles (he like me was 6'4") how a gangly kid survived is a miracle. He came to Ells. Co. in 1850 and raised 16 children which 14 lived past the age of 21. Mothers side was a mixture of scoth Irish-she has written a book about them. I'm sure she would be glad to share it. Give-em hell on the tables. Best regards-ca

----- Original Message -----
From: Lu Hickey
To: Charles Andrews
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: Martha

Hi Charles.
Thanks for the note. I am glad it is alright with you. I will keep an eye on you mom the best I can..

By the way, tell how much Scot heritage you have..bye Lu..How long will you be here?? I will be gone the day of 17th...(gambling) bad girl...

----- Original Message -----
From: Charles Andrews
To: Lu Hickey
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Martha

Absolutely-she earlier told me about the bus. i think it is excellent and she is happy with the arrangement. She was always happy when she had servants!! Many thanks for the message. I am trying to be home around the 17 Mar.

----- Original Message -----
From: Lu Hickey
To: Charles Andrews
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 1:47 PM
Subject: Martha

Hi Charlie,

Just a quick note, your mom is fine but I won't let her drive her car.

Jan came in raising cain about the ice under the car port. David tried to remove it but we cannot. There has been a lot of snow and ice, but I don't think it is safe for your mom to be out.

She came into my office this morning and we talked about her driving and I told her it just wasn't safe enough for her to be out and David was unable to remove the ice. So I called the Senior Center for the bus to come Friday morning and take her to the IGA, and then it will take her to the hair dresser Monday.

This way, we don't have to worry about her. Is this alright with you??

When are you coming down?? We can discuss it more in person..

Lu Hickey



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