Lack of sleep weighs heavy on even the most seasoned blogger/vampire. I’ll get this down, with the help of many cups of coffee, because it is about those who always seem to be tired – our old, elderly, senior folk. Or this could be anyone who needs a bit of extra help and respect.
I’d told Eleora and Tellias, who are quite old, that I’d take them to the Chalk it Up Art Festival on Saturday. Tellias asked twice what the event was. He has been to the event twice before so I suppose forgetting twice made some sort of sense.
I stopped to pick up the Eleora and Tellias on Saturday morning to bring them to the art event in a downtown park.
Tellias greeted me on the farmhouse porch with a serious look on his face. He was wearing worn out overalls with no shirt, and of course his usual yellow flip flops.
“We can’t go,” he said.
“Why not?” I asked.
“Eleora doesn’t want to go. She said it won’t be any fun with her.”
“She always has fun.”
“Eleora can’t be left alone so I can’t go.”
“How about John next door,” I said, “he is always glad to come sit with her or let her read in his kitchen.”
Tellias let a quiet hiss out from between his teeth. “You know Juliette. You know about John.”
“I know he’d do anything for you.” John, now in his early sixties, had known Eleora and Tellias since he was a baby.
“John is in love with Eleora,” Tellias hissed out the words showing his fangs.
“John has always been in love with her. Everyone is in love with her. I’m getting her and we are going.”
“You never listen to me.”
“I listen to everything you say. You sound like you look, like a teenager,” I said to him. Tellias is ancient but he looks like he is about nineteen years old. His pretty face pressed into a scowl as he brushed his white blonde hair out of his face.
“You have no idea Juliette. Just because I’m old doesn’t mean I don’t know what goes on in the world.”
I went upstairs to check on Eleora. She sat on her bed wearing a worn out house dress and a stretched out sweater covered with pills and old beading.
“Get dressed sweetie,” I said, “we’re going out.”
She held out a hand, then let it drop on her lap. “I’d just be in the way.”
“You won’t be in the way. Come on.”
Her closet was a strange mish mash of clothes that couldn’t have ever matched. After digging around for a few minutes I found a short pink shift dress, a light white cotton blouse and a pair of black leggings. Luckily Eleora is cute enough that anything she wears looks fashionable, or just quirky. After threatening to force her to get dressed, I brushed her long chestnut colored curls into a messy bun on top of her head. On top of it all I found pink crystal earrings and a pink bow for her hair.
“You look lovely. Let’s go my dear. We’ll have a good time.”
“You won’t. I’ll be a burden.”
“You’ll have fun.”
“I’ll be too hot. I’ll get too much sun. You know I’m an old Vampire. I’m very old. Very very very old. I’ll frighten people.”
“You look like a beautiful 20 year old girl.”
“I feel like a mummy. No, I can’t go. I don’t want to ruin your fun.”
After I finally got Eleora downstairs, I convinced Tellias to put on something neater than overalls. He came back in jeans and a black tee shirt. He’d tied his hair back with a black ribbon.
“We don’t want to ruin your fun,” said Tellias.
“No we don’t. We’re old and this is a young person’s event,” said Eleora.
“Stop it. This event is for everyone. Now get in the car. You’re going to have fun even if it kills you.”
“We’re already dead,” said Eleora.
I rolled my eyes.
“We love you Juliette. We appreciate everything you do for us,” said Tellias.
“Yes, we do. We appreciate everything,” said Eleora.
“Everything,” said Tellias.
“Yes, everything,” said Eleora.
We met the rest of the family at the park. Eleora and Tellias shared an old-fashioned parasol as they walked around looking at the artists draw in chalk on the sidewalk. Bands played while small children danced. Dogs walked along side their owners, looking bored and wishing for more interesting things to sniff.
I kept an eye on the elders just in case they wandered off. From time to time they’d stop and talk. Then they’d steal a kiss. To everyone else they looked like a darling young couple. I saw a frail old couple who still lived off of love and dreams.
You know, some people might seem old and silly but you must appreciate them. Just today Queen Elizabeth celebrates 62 years as queen. Nobody discounts her. So don’t discount our seniors who have seen so much and done so much.
Tellias grew up in the Roman Empire, before the birth of Christ. Eleora was around even longer, in times when the stars still held magic and the Roman’s hadn’t discovered the British Isles yet. They hold centuries of knowledge and experience.
My job is to take them to see chalk art. I make sure they don’t lose their car keys. I remind them to eat. I try to keep them active in body and soul.
Isn’t that what we should all do?
If you know anyone who needs to get out – take them. Every city has art festivals, flower shows, theaters, parks and places to go and see things. Even the zoo.
Needless to say the Chalk it Up Art Festival in Sacramento over Labor Day weekend was a great success. Here are some photos of this year’s art.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman