Lyndall, 79, often dreams of the days she lived Germany. She has fond memories of working for the Red Cross and attending operas in her spare time. “It was only $2,” she recalled. To her, operas are exciting because they incorporate many of the elements of spoken theatre, acting, scenery, and costumes. Lyndall had not been able to experience her beloved hobby of attending the opera since leaving Germany almost 50 years ago.
Lyndall has always given back. After college, Lyndall taught first grade. Then, in 1963, she joined the Red Cross for the opportunity to serve others and travel. She served as a recreational worker in Frankfurt, Germany. She provided activities for the patients and military members to help make their stay at the Red Cross more enjoyable. In 1966, Lyndall left Germany to work at a Red Cross navy hospital in Chicago.
In the last few years, Lyndall’s health had declined. More than anything, Lyndall wished to enjoy an opera once again. Lyndall, with her resident program coordinator, Cindy, enjoyed a show at the Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Theater Center. “It was very nice being there in the audience,” Lyndall said. After the show, she also went backstage and met the performers.
“Dreams come true,” Lyndall said, “Dreams are what sometimes keep us going.” Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale were happy to make Lyndall’s dream to see the Opera once more, come true.
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