I was sitting in my office looking out my window at the weather last week (-25 wind chill) debating whether I wanted to "hunker down like a pheasant" (as my dad would have said) or brave the cold and go to the senior center, as I do on most days.
I consider the fact that staying home will involve missing a delicious turkey dinner, a fun game of Hand and Foot (cards) and the opportunity to socialize with my friends at the center. Yes, it was definitely cold out, but being born and raised in Norfolk, I am a tough old bird and I elected to venture out in the cold and wind.
At this writing, it was now 3:30 in the afternoon and I was safely home having a hot cup of tea and congratulating myself on my decision to go. I am also pondering why more seniors don't take advantage of all the fun and social activities offered at the center. This particular morning, the center had tai chi class. I had to pass on that since I pack Meals on Wheels on Thursday mornings.
On Monday and Wednesday afternoons, line dancing classes are offered and, of course, every afternoon there are various card games being played around the center. The weekly bingo game at 7 p.m. always gets a good crowd of loyal bingo followers. (You can get the schedule in hard copy at the center or you can go online as well).
Yes, the Norfolk Senior Center has a lot to offer to those in our community who are age 60 and above. I eat at the center most days because I think the food is delicious and well-balanced, and where else can you get a high-quality meal for a $5 (suggested) contribution?
Truthfully, though, it isn't the food that draws me there most days. I have made wonderful friends over the past few years, and I enjoy the camaraderie we share. Sadly, we have lost a few of those good friends to life's circumstances, but we are constantly looking for new friends to add to our senior center family.
Are you someone over the age of 60 who may be looking for a way to get more enjoyment out of your life? If so, you seriously need to drop by the center and check us out. You can always ask for me, Kay Francavilla, and I will introduce you around. Don't wait to take some action to beat the cold and boredom. Last week, it may have been cold outside, but it was warm in the center.