Tony and Frances Parson moved to The Village this past August from North Carolina. The couple has roots in Franklin; it’s where Frances grew up and went to school and where their son and his family lives now.
Since the move, they’ve been feeling at home in their two bedroom Villa, where their family comes to visit regularly. “There’s plenty of space. We all sit down together at the dining table,” said Frances. The Parsons recently got to experience another benefit of Village life during the recent snowstorm. “The morning after the snow fell,” Tony said, “the driveways, walkways and roads were all cleared.”
Maintenance-free living isn’t the only benefit that drew the Parson’s to The Village. In the past few years, Tony and Frances dealt with the death of their parents and their remaining estates. They decided the stress of sorting through all of the possessions was not something they wanted to put their own children through.
The Parsons were overwhelmed at the thought of beginning to downsize, but in the end it was worth it — and much easier than they thought it would be. “A lot of the things we were holding on to were things we didn’t need. We hadn’t used them in five years. Our kids didn’t want them. That made it easy,” said Tony.
He expressed that downsizing is a good thing for everyone to do: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re 55, 65, 75, the problem is the same.” Tony believes that senior living is a good choice for everyone. “It feels like quite the opposite of anything like a nursing home. It’s just an easier way to live.”
The Parsons extend their gratitude to the welcoming Franklin community. “It’s without a doubt the friendliest and most open place we’ve ever lived, and we’ve been all over.”
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