Awwww! Thanks for the card, Joella.
Sounds like a lucky choice for your walk, Sheila - ya got to go on a Senior's picnic. It's a buster when you realize you're one of those "old people" we didn't want to become, isn't it?
When my Mom complained about being bored we suggested she check out the Senior Citizen Center in town. She replied that she "didn't want to hang out with a bunch of old people". We laughed and said, "Mom, you ARE one of those old people!" She wasn't very happy with us. Now that I'm one of those "old people" I understand perfectly.
Let me tell you, living in a senior community can sometimes be downright depressing. I hear the ambulence sirens once, twice or even three times a day and as I watch some elderly resident struggle to put one foot in front of the other even though they are leaning on a walker, I think OMG - that's me in a few years! And everyone has the same startled reaction to all the things we have to cut out of our lives. We always think it won't happen to us. A man can't change the oil in his vehicle any longer; his wife can't see well enough to sew that button on or knit that scarf; the soprano voice suddenly cracks even on a low note and eventually singing is a thing of the past; the knees just won't let you garden any longer and it's so hard to pay someone else to mow the lawn; Aerobics? Really? I can huff and puff just climbing the stairs into church. Oh, yea, church - the one I attend is 90% senior citizens. We have a whole line of walkers along the back wall and the ushers bring each to its proper owner during the last hymn. It's a sight! Handicap parking? Hard to find a spot when most everyone in town has a handicap plate!
For now, when I hear a siren instead of thinking oh, no, another resident being carted off to perhaps never return, I'm trying to think Oh, good, the folks are here to help someone in trouble. And the elderly couple who have been married over 65 years and help each other shuffle into Bingo? I'm trying to think how lucky they are to still have each other and how wonderful that they still manage to get out. Even if it takes them 4 times longer to do it!
But most days I still think I'm too young to be old! And then I look in the mirror . . .