It is said that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. In Cora’s case, a special beauty is the beholder. Her laugh is contagious and her positive outlook on life is an inspiration to all of us. Cora has been blind for 15 years, but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life to the fullest.
An avid gardener for most of her life, Cora’s spirit inspired a team effort to help her continue her love of gardening. One of our Residents, Noel, is a craftsman and has generously shared his talent by building cabinets, stages and many other projects for our Home. He built a raised garden bed so that Cora could reach and tend to her garden from her wheelchair. The Activity Department made a sign. The Little Sisters found a special watering can to help Cora water her plants. Cora uses her sense of touch to help her determine if it is time to water. She explains that, there is a special texture to the dirt when the plants need to be watered. The CNA’s and nurses make sure that Cora has regular visits to tend to her garden. A volunteer bring gardening books on tape to help Cora keep up to date on the latest gardening techniques and tips.
When asked about her talent for gardening, Cora smiles and brushes off the compliment with a wave of her hand, “There’s nothing to it. You put a plant in the ground and water it.” But for those of us, who have tried to grow our own gardens – we know better. Many a garden has collapsed in this summer’s harsh heat. Through Cora’s loving expert care, her garden has produced a bounty of sweet delicious tomatoes. Cora’s gardening tip for everyone – “never put tomatoes in the refrigerator, that will take the flavor out!”