Our Interview with Resident Happy Kirkpatrick


Posted by Kia Crawford on April 9th, 2012 in Fayetteville, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up? senior-living-gainesville-ga-resident-happy-kirkpatrick

Green St. Gainesville, GA.

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

We use to play in the middle of Green St when we were little. You can’t do that now!! There were so many children that lived in those big houses on that street. We would ride our bikes down the sidewalks and in the street. I also was in ballet from the age 3 to college, I love to dance.

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?

Thousands!! I’m a very spoiled girl! My husband and I had a farm, I raised donkeys. They are so precious.

Did you have a profession?

I have a M.Ed in psychology and used it to help with special needs children. This was during a time when there really wasn’t a program in place for them. The Junior league of Gainesville had a few members that had a need for this, so they put a program in place. I also was a counselor at Brenau University.

Do you remember what was happening in your life during a significant event in US history such as WWII,Vietnam, Woodstock or any other historical events?

YES! My father was a doctor and he joined the Army and was sent to Cape Landing, Fla. We all went to Florida with him until he was sent to Korea then we returned back to Gainesville.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud?

Being able to be my happy self!

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just graduating college?

To be kind and happy.

Is there anything you’ve learned in life you wish to share with someone who is just starting a family?

Be fair and be kind and to love, love, love! My mother demanded respect and manners from us and that is a good thing to teach.

What brought you to Dogwood Forest’s senior living community in Gainesville, GA? Or why did you choose Dogwood Forest?

Because my mother lived here and Dogwood has a good reputation.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?

It’s a remarkable place for those (me) who have a need for it. It’s a special place.

What is your favorite part of senior living in Gainesville, GA, specifically at Dogwood?

The kindness of friends, the people that have entered into my life by being here (residents and employees).

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?

I have lots of new best friends! We love each other, we appreciate each other, and we need each other!