Resident Spotlight: Polly de Young


Posted by Kia Crawford on November 2nd, 2011 in Alpharetta, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?

Macon, Georgia – born and raised

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?

My childhood was almost complete happiness. I received security and love from my parents. My dad made a Jungle Jim, playhouse with furniture, swing set and see-saw so all the children in the neighborhood came to play at our house. One of my first memories was “Aint” Charlotte, our maid, rocking me in her lap. pollydeyoung

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood that you look back on from your home now, in assisted living in Alpharetta?

I lived in Europe for 40 years – 2 in Paris, 4 in West Berlin, and 34 in London. I also traveled the world.

Did you have a profession? If so what industry were you in and what did you do?

I taught high school math to the children of military personnel serving in Europe. I also did some consulting.

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?

9/11 was my most graphic. I was living in London and teaching on the military base. After the attacks, they closed the military base, so no one could get on or off the base. There were 247 students stranded on the base, so 12 dorm counselors and 6 teachers, of which I was one, lived in the dorm for a week. The adults escorted the students everywhere. Because the base was closed, no one could come or go on base, so we did everything – taught all the classes, cooked all the meals. We tried to keep the students lives on a routine.

Which accomplishments in your life do you feel most proud of?

The impact that I had on the students I taught. I taught Bo Bice, American Idol winner. “I’m glad he could sing because he could not do math.”

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

Make the most of every day. Every moment is important so make the most of every moment.

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

All parents should accept their children for who they are.

What brought you to assisted living in Alpharetta, specifically to Dogwood Forest? Or Why did you choose Dogwood Forest?

I was very sick. My family selected Dogwood because they thought it was the best place they visited.

How do you enjoy Dogwood Forest as your new home?

Outstanding! In order to enjoy Dogwood, I accepted it as my home. In accepting my home, everyone became my family. I was involved in every activity in high school and I still am at Dogwood. I want to be an active participant in the life here. It was very special when Dogwood allowed my dog Phoebe to live with me.

What is your favorite part of living at Dogwood?

The people

Who is your best friend at Dogwood?

I have too many to count in both the residents and staff. I do want to acknowledge the Heritage Rehab team. They gave me the strength and confidence to regain my life when I was so very sick. I’ll always appreciate that.