Ruth and Dennis Meet for Their Third Annual Birthday Breakfast
Feb. 17 is a special day at Evans Park at Newton Corner in Newton, Mass. It’s the day when Director of Financial Operations Dennis Murphy joins resident Ruth Gordon for their birthday breakfast. The dining staff gives Dennis and Ruth a semi-private table and invites them to order anything they want. Ruth always gets her favorite, blueberry pancakes.
While training to be an executive director, Dennis shadowed Evan Park Executive Director Todd Raymond. Dennis discovered that he and Ruth shared the same birthday and began a tradition that just reached its third year.
Ruth, who celebrated her 90th birthday, has lived at Evans Park for 23 years and calls herself “a charter member of Benchmark.”
After exchanging birthday wishes and cards, Ruth and Dennis talk current events and politics, Ruth’s favorite subjects. “Being with Ruth is delightful,” says Dennis. “She’s got a wonderful sense of humor. And she’s very direct — she tells you just how she feels. It’s always a great time and a bit of a birthday present to myself. I’m looking forward to Ruth’s 91st.”