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You know what's annoying? When you have to talk to 12 seniors who don't really want to hear what you have to say. For ten or fifteen minutes every day.

Part of our exercise routine is to sit in a circle and hit a balloon around. I stand in the middle and throw the balloon to people so it goes where it's supposed to. And I talk about all sorts of random stuff. But because I'm not so good at talking for that long without preparing, I've been looking up weird news stories. Most of them are stories I can't use due to nobody wanting to hear about grossness - so stories about people killing other people or blood-and-guts-type stuff are out.

One day one of the seniors mentioned that I should read the funny articles in Reader's Digest. So I grabbed one last week and tried it - and none of them were funny, nobody laughed. They complain that the stories I tell them aren't positive enough, but even the heartwarming stories start off with ickiness before people prevail. I've talked about holidays that are close, I've talked about places I've been and places I want to go. (Nobody really talks back much, so I'm on my own - conversations almost never lead to any ideas.)

So what should I talk about?!




In other news, today is Mom's last chemo treatment!!! Next she starts radiation, which she has to go through EVERY DAY. Oof.

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kimie
Jan. 10th, 2005 06:13 pm (UTC)
OMG...that would be hard to do. Umm... can you pick a person and have them bring up a topic? Maybe they can talk about their grandchildren or something?
rivulet
Jan. 11th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)
Hmm, that might work. Sometimes I'll say something like "did your family have any traditions for birthdays?" and direct it to one person, and they'll say either "no" or "I can't remember." So usually conversations don't work very well if someone else has to think them up, but I might still try that and see if it works. :)
artcats
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:20 am (UTC)
Pose a question to them.

If there was anywhere in the world that you go, right now, without worrying about how to get there, say you could just close your eyes and then poof you are there.. where would it be and why would you go there?

Bring in some pictures of art and ask them what they think about it, do they like it, what it makes them feel.

What is the most embarassing thing you have ever done in your whole life?

If there was one thing you could change, what would it be, and why would you change it?

Bring in an array of socks, wild ones, simple ones, enough for everyone in the group. Give each person a pair, no choices, then have them tell you why or why they would not have chosen those pair, and if they didn't like them, whose they would chose instead?

Name a cliche...

Such as:
his days are numbered
butter up
I wasn't born yesterday
What does that have to do with the price of eggs?
Hit the road
One french fry short of a happy meal
green as grass
smart as a whip
lay down the law
Can you top this?
lay down with dogs you get up with fleas
movers and shakers
unwritten law
as fate would have it
clean as a hound's tooth


Just some thoughts
rivulet
Jan. 11th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)
:D

Maybe I'll just hire you to do it for me! :P
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