RETIRE YOUR SNOW SHOVEL
It could take some convincing, but once you find the right retirement community, you’ll never look back.
“That’s one of the reasons they convinced me that I should move, you know, because there was nobody to shovel snow at the time.” – Martha De Vaughn, resident of The Watermark at Logan Square
MEET MARTHA DE VAUGHN, A WEST PHILADELPHIA GRANDMOTHER AND GARDENER.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Martha De Vaughn on Friday, October 30th, 2015. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Martha De Vaughn loves gardening and she doesn’t like shoveling snow, two reasons she enjoys life fully at The Watermark. She tends the rooftop terrace gardens in summertime and watches with contentment as the winter snow falls outside her windows on the 17th floor. The sidewalks are always clear when she hops on the bus to go anywhere in the city her heart desires. A world traveler, her favorite destinations have been Alaska, Australia, Canada, China and Europe but feels Center City Philadelphia is as exciting as any. She’s happy going to the opera, movies and church or simply staying home to dine and play Scrabble with friends. With three children and six grandchildren, she also enjoys cooking homemade family favorites to bring to holiday gatherings.
DON’T JUST MANAGE. THRIVE!
When you’re free to live your way surrounded by friends, fun pursuits and convenient services, life is not only easier but also more fulfilling. Sure, it takes courage to leave a home you’ve shared with loved ones for as many as 60 years. But as Martha De Vaughn discovered, a big old empty house becomes much more of a burden than a comfort over time. She summoned the courage and so can you. You’ll know the time is right as soon as you find the place that’s right for you. So, let the search begin! “Well at first I didn’t think too much of it because I thought I could manage but I don’t know, after I had a lot of steps to climb and all, it wasn’t so easy. So I thought the best thing to do was to get some other place.” – Martha De Vaughn
Moving to a retirement community was not Martha’s idea originally. After losing her husband in November of 2014, her sons did some research on area options and recommended she take a look at The Watermark. She was not thrilled by the idea at first, even after coming for a meal and a tour. She thought she could manage their home of 60 years by herself. But as the days wore on, moving just made more and more sense. In February, she moved in. “I didn’t like to eat alone and things of that sort. And then you know, like keeping house and whatnot had become a problem. It was nice to find some other place.” – Martha De Vaughn
NO MORE WORRIES OR REGRETS
Since Martha left her home at 55th and Larchwood, she has no more worries and no regrets. Without a care in the world, she’s free to enjoy life to the fullest. And she does! She dines daily with friends, serves on the Resident Council and was head of the gardening committee last summer. Her kids are also pleased that she’s content and they no longer worry about her. “Yes you don’t have all the responsibilities, like the weather and all of those things to worry about.” – Martha De Vaughn
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Martha over a drink at The Mark or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-215-240-8915 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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