Focus on the Donut Instead of the Hole

Donut worry, be happy!

Here we are at the beginning of the Holiday Season already. 2018 has just flown by! As has this last week. We had fun at two cafes and now this weekend family and friends are coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Cafe Alexandria
It was almost standing room only at our cafe at Brandywine Living in Alexandria! Our friends from the Springfield support group, led by Ed and Lilian, joined us. Most of the group already knew each other, but they were also very welcoming of first time visitors. To get the conversation started, we shared what we were thankful for. It was lovely to hear how so many people were thankful for everything that Ed does for his group.

I learned a new saying, too – Focus on the donut, instead of the hole. Needless to say, with donuts being a feature of our cafes, this definitely caught my attention! But there’s another reason. Parkinson’s takes so much from people and it’s too easy to focus on the loss. Inspired by the upbeat attitude of many of our Parkinson friends, we hope we are showing people how much they can still do, enjoy, and contribute. Focusing on the goodness of the donut.

Cafe Fairfax
We were a smaller group on Wednesday with many of our friends traveling or preparing for the holiday weekend. When we asked, “What was the worst thing your mother ever made you eat?” we learned that most people are not fond of organ meats. It seemed to be a good idea to change the topic to more yummy food, and we learned about a place in Williamsburg called A Chef’s Kitchen. You can watch the multiple-course meals being prepared and then you can enjoy them! Click here to read more. We also talked about the German Christkindl Market in Reston. The best information I was able to find about it is that it is at:
German Armed Forces Command
11150 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston.
Usually the first Thursday in December from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, so this year that would be December 6.
Contact phone number is 703-390-3175 to confirm date and time.

Hoping to see you out and about soon! Cafe Ashburn is next week!


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