And we can say the same for Mark Carlson, who for years worked hard in the maintenance department to keep our Home running like a well-oiled machine.
And every Christmas Season, “there must have been some magic in that old silk hat we found, For when we placed it on his head, he began to dance around! Oh, Frosty, the Snowman, was alive as he could be;” Mark climbed into the white fluffy suit and transformed into our beloved Frosty. Frosty (always the popular special guest) made appearances at the St. Nick’s Party for the children of employees and the Resident’s Christmas Party where Frosty was Santa’s right hand snowman.
It was bittersweet as we gathered to honor Mark, who is retiring after 35 years of dedicated service. Grateful Residents brought cards and memories, staff brought pictures and humorous stories and the Little Sisters provided pizza, dessert and some parting gifts for our dear friend.
Mother Margaret presented Mark with a beautiful watch, a framed photo of Him (aka Frosty) and an “I (heart) Cats” coffee mug. The mug was a nod to Mark’s great love and compassion for animals. Mark has cats of his own and for years, he also cared for Snowflake, a Resident cat who adopted us as her family and lived on our grounds.
“But even as “Frosty, the Snowman, had to hurry on his way, he waved goodbye, sayin’ “Don’t cry, I’ll be back again some day.” We know that “some day” will be soon as Mark was quick to remind us that he will be back to climb into the Frosty costume and “to dance around” and entertain our Residents in a few weeks at the Christmas party.