New Canaan Inn Resident Places Third in Statewide Poetry Contest
Posted on March 14, 2008
New Canaan – New Canaan Inn resident Louise Besson was recently named the third place finalist in Connecticut Community Care Incorporated’s statewide poetry contest and was honored with a special reception held at the Aqua Turf of Plantsville in celebration of the winners.
Her winning poem entitled “Robins in January” was inspired by a simple yet idyllic view she spied through one of the Inn’s picture windows. “One day while walking past the windows that overlook the waterfall near our dining room, I noticed unusual activity,” said Mrs. Besson. “Upon further inspection I noticed dozens of robins frolicking and was inspired.”
As a result, the 95 year old who ordinarily writes prose, composed the award-winning piece. She secretly submitted her poem after being given an application by Barbara Jeffries, Assistant Director of Resident Services at New Canaan Inn, who also coordinates the Inn’s active Writers Group. Upon being notified of her third place prize, Mrs. Besson says, “I was both surprised and overjoyed to hear that my first poem had been so well received.”
Currently, Mrs. Besson is authoring her second book about her life. She also enjoys playing bridge and swims at the New Canaan YMCA every Wednesday.
Located at 73 Oenoke Ridge in New Canaan, New Canaan Inn offers independent living through Waveny Care Network, a comprehensive continuum of healthcare that serves the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that also offers assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village and skilled nursing and inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program available six days a week with flexible hours and transportation from New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Wilton, and respite and hospice care programs at The Village and Care Center. For more information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.