Velma, a small, pert, 79-year-old newcomer
At Brookdale Orange City
Introduced herself by hillbilly stomp dancing
Across the lobby floor, winning our hearts
Letting us know she’d bring stomping,
Romping, and a ton of fun to these parts.
Her dress of plain blouse, blue jeans
And light blue blazer with an American flag pin
Attached to the lapel hinted more to Velma’s scene.
She told us with a mischievous grin.
She’d been a Sgt. In the Army
When Eisenhower was president and worked
As secretary to Gen. James Gavin in the Pentagon.
Gavin headed the Niki-Nautilus
Ground-to-air missile project
In the research and development department.
Velma graduated from high school in 1955
Her tiny Indiana home town had offered nothing
The Army excited her and offered everything
She joined and served a four-year ride
Traveling, learning, and landing the
Coveted position she remembers with pride.
After the Army she was employed by the IRS.
She married and raised four children
Now grown, these children lured her to Florida.
We know Velma will teach us to stomp and romp
Will she also reveal some of those secrets of old?
Virginia L. Wylie