Many years ago, I was employed as a nursing home activity director in central Florida. The residents loved to congregate near the nurses station which was by my office. It afforded me an opportunity to join in some highly informative conversations.
One of those residents was a woman I’ll call “May”. May was an interesting southern bell. She spoke gentle words with a southern drawl. Honestly, I never remember her saying a cross word to anyone. May was always nicely dressed and her hair combed neatly into place.
One hot summer afternoon, May turned to me and said, “At the end of work on a hot day like today, I like nothing better than to sit on the porch, prop up my feet and drink a cold beer.”
While I know there was no beer available, I do know I found us both something cool to sip. She shared tales from her days of working cattle while we sat and sipped. While I learned little about her musical preferences, I learned what made May “May”. She valued hard work and time to relax; time to talk and time for action. May valued people.
Drinks of song and conversation
My work as a contractor rarely affords me opportunities to visit with senior living residents over a cool drink. Yet, I still make allowance for hearing the personal tales around songs. And, when needed, we indulge in cool drink songs including:
- Cool Clear Water
- Beer Barrel Polka
- In Heaven There is No Beer
- Rye Whiskey
- One Mint Julep
- Whiskey on Ice (Hank Williams, Jr.)
Whether served hot or cold, there are so many songs about drinks you can share. Share your favorite in the comments below.