With the receipt of our
letters last month, we are officially in Our
Golden Years. At 50 years, we are eligible to
join the ranks of those actively celebrating their senior
citizenry as a group.
Earlier in the day, Doris K and
Mary Jane stopped by the office and let me know that Da Hawaii Club's was
meeting at 6, with Doris leaving me a year's schedule of
Forty is the old age of youth,
fifty is the youth of old age.
~ Victor Hugo
Mr. Twinkle Toes, Fred
Astaire, said, "Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start
Our intention is to be
successful old agers. Since our birthdays
were just last month and this is the club's first meeting, we are starting
as young as possible. Taking Fred's advice, after work this
drove to the Senior Center at Pat Nixon Park to join Da Hawaii
Built in the Craftsman
architectural style with river rock columns, wood trellises, and
an abundance of woodwork and multi-paned windows, the building is a fine,
handsome place that is easy on the eyes and with a distinctly
The interior wood
cabinetry is impressive. A focal point of the entrance's foyer
area is the salt water aquarium built right into a wall, filled
with vibrantly colored reef fishes that we grew up with in Hawai`i. Further back
into the building is a spacious living area that communicates: Hearth, Home, & Family.
Da Hawaii Club is absolutely the most Hawaiian of
groups, as every member has Hawaiian roots or is connected to
someone who does. Having presented health lectures at the
center, I knew this is a cohesive group with
fun-loving, Aloha Spirited members. I couldn't wait to
turn 50 to join them. Today finally arrived.
We do not join this
group as strangers. Many are already dear, dear friends, including
Sharon & Keith K, Toby & Dave F,
Jeanette & Harry A, Arlene & Roy T, Doris and Harold K, MJ and
Kay F, Hedy, and Gylene.
Arriving late, we sat
at one of the tables toward the back, and our friends, multi-talented Hedy and vibrant
Mary Jane, came over to join us. Later, we met new friends,
Hilda & Max C, from Papaikou and Hakalau, respectively, and
Gladys from Kauai.
The activities for the
evening included a Spam musubi contest, a light supper,
BINGO with prizes like Kaua`i Cookies, and lots
of island-style talk
story. I was blessed with beginner's Bingo luck,
and I won two packages of cookies while talking story with
Keith and Sharon! The meeting ended the singing of Hawaii
Aloha, with members holding hands to form a circle of
friends and Aloha.
After the meeting, DH and I toured the facility. This is a place to
that attends to the body, the mind, and the heart, a place to
remain vigorous by exercising, studying, and loving.
I really like this
place: there's a cozy satellite city
library with a fine selection of large-print books,
newspapers, and magazine; a well-equipped weight and exercise
room, a multimedia room, an art room to paint or play with clay, a room with a
floor for us to dance on, and a billiards room where I can brush
up my neglected pool skills.
At 10 pm, it was a
happening place. We did not see a single sissy in the place.
The golden age is before us, not behind us.
~ St. Simon
The city has a reserve
million, which generates interest payments of $11.5
million dollars a year. They are putting some of these extra funds
to build an addition to the center. As a tax-paying resident for almost
20 years, I'm happy to see my tax dollars are going to good
use. I approve!
I'm looking forward to our next
meeting, Next time, I am going
to seek out this sculpture: Serenade.
In the meantime, I am praying for my friend, Hedy. Pray for her
too. Just pray. God knows who she is.
We are going to be the best senior
citizens that we can be. No sissies, we're flowing right
into our 50s and all the perks that come with it, rather than
cowering from it as some do. We're not wasting any of our Golden Years.
I'm embracing my
senior years: I'm sending in our membership form to the AARP...checking
out the 50+
Friends Website and adding this humorous Senior one-liner to this
page for you to enjoy:
"I haven't lost my mind
-- it's backed up on a disk."
"Life is a Gift."
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