Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Ladies and gentlemen, let me have your attention.

Just step right over here.

Are you having difficulty finding balance in your life? Are you trying without success to keep track of all of your chores and social obligations? Or, as they say, keeping all of your balls in the air?

I have just the solution for you. Let me introduce you to my associate behind the curtain who can solve all of your problems. He is the undisputed expert in these matters.

This, as yet unacknowledged, genius is my very own grandson. You see, his parents raised him well, scrimped and saved, sent him to college, bought him books - and he used them to juggle.

He also juggles balls, bowling pins, flaming torches, lions, and tigers, and bears – Oh! Wait! That’s from another story.

As I learned today, he is not only juggling, he is doing it in public. He is a street performer. Today, I also had one of those “I feel your pain” conversations with my daughter as she comes to terms with her grown (almost) son’s life decisions. I remember well those sudden thumps of anxiety in my chest when my kids did something I would never do

Now, do not be misled. My grandson is not misguided. He is still in school. He gets good grades. His performances are confined to weekends and not before finals. He is smart, and sweet, and funny. Who knows, he could get a career making job offer from Cirque Du Soleil.

So, the next time you see a street performer, be kind, be generous and remember, that’s someone’s grandchild.

Betty Ago


Betty is a real person who resides in one of our Brookdale entry fee communities. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Brookdale Senior Living.


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