LIFE’S BETTER WITH FRIENDS
Whenever one door closes, another opens. By opening your mind to the possibilities, you can choose a destiny you’ll love.
“I’ve made a lot of friends, a lot of friends which I didn’t have before.” – Gail Rutkin, resident of The Watermark at 3030 Park
MEET GAIL RUTKIN, WHO DEDICATED THE MAJORITY OF HER LIFE TO RAISING KIDS BEFORE SHE DISCOVERED A LIFE SHE LOVES, SURROUNDED BY FRIENDS.
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 Gail Rutkin on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Armed with a Master’s degree in Special Education and Social Work, Gail put her background plus her heart and soul into raising 15 children, including 11 foster children. Talk about selfless dedication! When the last of her kids left home a few years ago, the retired social worker had a sizable void in her life and her volunteer work at the YMCA only filled a fraction of the gap. She craved interaction with people her own age for a change. So she packed up her Fairfield home after 30 years and moved to The Watermark at 3030 Park, her home since February of 2014.
When you plan any exciting adventure, you look forward to leaving familiar surroundings to discover new frontiers. The same can be true for exploring your options in retirement community living. If you’re the least bit curious about this new frontier, it can’t hurt to explore your options. Who knows? Your next life chapter could be as rewarding as your best vacation. The first step is painless. Just do the research. “I mean really it’s just amazing. And I really didn’t think that was going to be for me because I’ve been raising kids for 40 years but it turned out that having lots of friends was for me.” – Gail Rutkin
TIME TO MOVE ON
One can only imagine how quiet a house becomes after 40 years of constant commotion from kids. Gail was tired of being alone. At The Watermark at 3030 Park, she found all the friendship she was craving and filled her days with worthwhile projects, too. For example, to help new neighbors get acquainted, Gail formed a committee that organizes dinner dates. She also enjoys participating in small, interactive discussion groups, working out in the gym and leading a book club as a YMCA volunteer. “There’s all the things about the snow and landscaping and all that but that wasn’t my real reason. My real reason was that after having raised 15 children, it was time for me to move on.” – Gail Rutkin
STILL MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Now that Gail has successfully moved on, she’s finding more time to make a difference, a prevailing theme in her life. She’s planning to adopt a Bridgeport school and is organizing an intergenerational pen pal program. She also works part time as a day care consultant. Even as Gail continues to make a difference in other people’s lives, she’s profoundly grateful for the difference that being around people has made in her own quality of life. Her kids are grateful, too. “My kids are delighted that I’m here. It gives them peace of mind.” – Gail Rutkin
Meet Gail over a drink in our W Lounge or coffee in the Gallery Café. Just call 1-203-502-7593 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.