Adorable “Flower” Girl Makes Seniors Smile (Growing Up Good E2)

Can you imagine what it would be like to tag along when a smiley toddler walks around a senior center giving out flowers? In this episode of Growing Up Good, we follow Award-winning journalist Deanne Goodman and her daughter Jade as they try to spread a little kindness in their own very special way at the Merrill Gardens Senior Center in Oceanside, California.

Jade has a ball walking up to seniors sitting alone or in groups and turns an ordinary day into an extraordinary one. Toting her delicate, aromatic gifts in a little red wagon, she smiles and carefully hands out long stemmed, "thorn-less" roses to everyone she meets. As you might guess, there is laughter, happy smiles, and a whole lotta hugs!

Community Relations Directory Mathew Murphy knows how important visitors, especially ones as adorable as Jade, are to the people in his care. "Our residents are often separated from family and loved ones, so to have folks coming in that care to provide extra special attention is very valuable to them."

Closely accompanying Jade as she makes her rounds, Deanne chats with the residents, explaining how she's teaching her daughter the importance of kindness and helping out the community. Deanne has been creating content that inspires people to do good for most of her career and she is now bringing that positive mindset to her role as a new parent, raising a young girl in what can often be a harsh world.

Join the tour on Jade's "kindness" wagon for a happy visit with some very appreciative seniors. Smiles are welcome!

Learn more about Merrill Gardens at: https://www.merrillgardens.com/senior-living/ca/oceanside/merrill-gardens-at-oceanside/

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Transgender Parents-To-Be Get Inspiration at LGBTQ Gathering (The Creation Of Us – E6)

Time for a summer road trip with Aydian, Jenilee, and their baby to be!

In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Aydian and Jenilee visit Provincetown, MA, to join in the fun of Family Equality Council (FEC) Family Week. This is an annual gathering of the LGBTQ community and their families to be together and discuss issues related to acceptance and equality in an open and relaxed setting. Aydian and Jenilee jump right into the festivities which includes a beachside clam bake where they talk with other guests about what it is like to be parents, to be trans parents, and what it's like to have kids in a LGBTQ family. They also pick up some handy tips on the best way to eat a lobster!

We then follow Aydian as he speaks at a Johnson and Johnson sponsored event for kids where he talks about his journey of coming out at a time when there weren't any role models for him follow. He also shares the excitement and challenges of being a first-time parent and how he is inspired by the spirit of the gathering. "It's really tough because of the stigma put on you by society," he noted. "If all these other families can do it, living their best lives, it's a really motivating factor for us."

Lastly, we join in as Aydian leads the Teen Parade into town! An exciting a heart-warming ending to a wonderful and love filled weekend, a place where Aydian and Jenilee hope to return for many years to come.

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Blind Waiter Serves Up Diner Classics and Life Lessons

The flickering neon sign reflects eerily off the aging, chrome exterior; a long smooth marble counter with spinning stools draws your gaze left and right as you enter; the checkered linoleum floor seeps under the rows of back-to-back leather booths enveloped by the rain streaked wrap-around windows. You may think you've entered a typical American roadside eatery, but your experience here will be anything but ordinary.

You have just stepped into the Bendix Diner, a staple in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey since the 1940's. It's no surprise that The Bendix can serve up a sizzling Burger with deep fried onion rings and a frothy chocolate shake. What is unique about this meal is the waiter who delivers it to your table – his name is John Diakakis, and he is blind.

John was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa. RP is a rare genetic disorder that involves the breakdown and loss of cells in the retina. John could still see shadows in his early teens while working in his parents' restaurant in New York City, but his condition was deteriorating steadily. Despite the hardship, John was an excellent student and Senior Class President at North Rockland High School. John continued his studies at Ithaca College where he studied Psycology and Business and had a great experience." It was a lot of fun," he recalled. "Being around so many diverse people and different personalities made the best [of me] come out."

After college, John felt the urge to return to the family business and worked alongside his brother, mother and dad, but as he aged, things became darker, the shadows vanished, and by the time he turned 30 he was completely blind. This was also a turbulent time of highs and lows during which John met the woman he would marry while at the same time his father passed away, increasing his responsibilities at The Bendix.

Dedicating himself to his family and his work, John took over a lead role at the diner while he and his wife raised three boys. The oldest, Tony, who was recently accepted to Harvard University, has worked with his parents over the years and has watched his Dad cope with his condition with positivity and hard work.. "Noticing my Dad's lack of fear when faced with his daily challenges provided a blue print for me that I applied to my own life," he reflected. "He's never been afraid to try new things and has been a great leader."

The Bendix may seem like a time capsule from years gone by, but it continues to thrive. Meet the hard working family that keeps its spirit alive and the blind waiter that helps you see what it means to live a meaningful life.

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