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Newbies at the Senior Center



Today’s SoCS prompt is: “lip”

To be honest, the first thing that came to mind was how my lips are thinning. A lot. Then how I have a lot of lipomas, benign lumps inherited from my dad. But don’t give me no lip about that. I’m gonna flip the script. We all have “imperfections.” But God made me this way. We all age differently.

Speaking of aging, my friend from high school who just got an early retirement thrust upon her is happy about that – retirement – not necessarily aging. We went to the senior center to check out the classes they have. Most classes are free, and they have a gentle yoga class for back issues that’s like $5. I drove the hour to my real home to go with her. It was her idea, but it was a good one. I had to laugh out loud when we were making plans to go. This friend and I hung out a lot off and on in high school and in our early 20s. Then we had little contact until the girlfriends’ reunion in 2011. Then she moved back here to retire. It’s just funny to think about the two of us going to the senior center. As we approached the front door, it felt like going to a new school or something.  We filled out forms and then got the tour of classrooms, exercise rooms, bulletin boards, and the dining room. They have free lunch! Though they ask for donations – pay what you can. Not much in the way of vegetarian entrees and not much recycling, so I probably won’t partake much, but it’s nice that they have free lunch. We were the youngest ones there. “Newly retired.” They have art studio time and an art support group I’m going to check out when I get back settled in my newly renovated house.

I believe we’re going to start moving back on Monday!!! Can’t believe we’ve been “displaced” to my parents’ old house for 7 months. But it was all part of God’s plan. Our house renovations and processing my parent’s things are wrapping up at the same time pretty much. I had a feeling it might work out that way. Just one more lesson to Trust the Timing!

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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. I will post the prompt here on my blog every Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The,’” or will simply be a single word to get you started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read all of them! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later or go to the previous week by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

26 thoughts on “Newbies at the Senior Center

  1. I’m happy to hear that you’ll be moving back. Spring is a good time for new and renewed things.

  2. How exciting to start so many adventures at once! Good luck with the move back — I hope that all goes smoothly for you. You’ll have to let me know what you think about that gentle yoga for the back class. 💛

  3. fun looking
    forward to
    another back
    to school 🙂

  4. That was excellent timing, finishing with your parents’ house close to the same time the renovations on yours finished. Bet you’ll be happy to get home.

  5. Your post is so uplifting. Congratulations on being able to return to your home, and your friend will make it that much better. I love what your senior center has to offer especially art studio time and an art support group.

  6. It’s so wonderful to know that communities offer activities for senior adults who want to do quality things with their newly acquired quality time. I’m not even sure what it means to “retire” anymore. I do know that there’s many great adventures awaiting those who are willing to age gracefully.

    Thanks for posting this today, as it gave me something to share with a 40+ year girlfriend of mine who lives in San Diego county, California. I suggested she check out her local senior center, and also two nearby Oasis programs to see if how she can partake of their art classes.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Our senior center here is for 50 plus adults, but I bet San Diego County has even more resources. I love the word Oasis. I agree wholeheartedly about adventures awaiting. 🙂

  7. At any stage of life, it is a joy to see people embrace a new experience together. So nice how seeds of friendship planted years ago return to view… I love these spirals and circles of life…


    • I’m so glad you picked up on the spiral. It’s significant. I’ve gotten closer to my high school girlfriends in recent years. Thank you for your perspective, Michael. Say hello to Hafiz for me. 🙂

  8. I will not slip in a flippant comment

  9. You flow lovingly with life’s challenges, JoAnna. The last seven months must have been challenging for you. I love that you are trying these new classes and laughing… hugs. Xx

  10. Nice that the Senior Center offers a couple of art classes. You probably are the youngest ones. I noticed in my neck of the woods that the seniors who participate in the Senior program are in their later years but maybe that’s changed. Congratulations on moving back into your home!

  11. I just love the visual of the two of you heading for your outing to the senior center 😁 Something tells me that you might just find a nice little home away from home there. I see you becoming an instructor for an art class. And I see you helping them out with their food choices…and recycling! 😉

    I’m so happy that you are winding down on both projects…and yes…”Trust the Timing”…of course it would work out that way 😁 I am in the middle of a TTT faith opportunity right now…and I think of you when I talk with God about it.

    I know you must be so excited to get back in your home…it will be so wonderful!! Sweet blessings, Joanna 💜

    • Thanks for your enthusiastic support, Lorrie! They don’t have room for any more classes right now, but who knows? I see myself nudging the recycling issue. Maybe I’ll start by saying thank you for at least having one recycle bin. I’m excited for you and your TTT faith opportunity! 🙂 ❤

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