Thursday, August 28, 2008

Senior Singles

We have a group called Senior Singles at our place of worship. We have a deacon who oversees the things they do as a group, and one of those is that once a month on Thursday, they all meet somewhere and eat lunch. That's today.

The way they decide where to eat is that whoever has a birthday the next month gets to choose. And it's usually the Catfish Cafe. This place has really good catfish, the hush puppies are just right and they have really good baked potatoes. Can't recommend the cole slaw, but that's just me.

In order to be a part of this group, you have to be at least 55, and since I'm 59, I get to be included. However, that makes me the youngest in the group, and I'm one of two that still works. Everyone else is retired, well that is except one lady who is 85 and still runs an alterations business, but she is very selective of her clients and just does what for who she wants to.

We meet at 11:30 and we usually have a few guests. One or two of the elders join us sometimes, some of the deacons, sometimes our minister or associate minister, and anyone else who wants to can join us for lunch. It's dutch treat.

We have a lot more ladies than gentlemen, and since ladies aren't allowed in the business meetings, it's nice for to have those in charge come and join us. Since we don't have husbands to go to the business meetings, we can ask questions and they can keep us informed as to what decisions are being made, and we can actually voice our opinions on what is going on.

Mostly we just have great fellowship. It's a way to get to know people with whom we worship. We have two services on Sunday morning, and the second service, which is the one I attend, has about 550 there. The early service runs about 150.

Being creatures of habit, I sit in one spot, and you don't always get to know the people on the other side of the building. We have 20 minutes between class and worship, and that's when a lot of folks mill around and meet and greet. I have a hard time doing that. I was taught to find a seat, get in it and be still(did you hear my mother's voice?). So that's what I do. I do talk some to the people around me, but there are still a lot of people I don't know. I keep saying I'm going to learn everyone, but I haven't yet.

I'm looking forward to being with the group today. They are the youngest bunch of old folks you will ever fine. They are very active. We have two master gardners in our group. We have a retired post master, a couple of retired school teachers, a retired engineer, and a group of people who have worked very hard all their lives and are now enjoying their golden years.

Then of course there's me a working computer programmer/analyst and the other gal who's still working full time. She works for a large medical group. I think she could probably retire except she's not old enough for medicare and has severe diabetes and has to have medical insurance, and since she can't afford private insurance(if she could find one that would take her), she continues to work so she can be part of a group insurance.

I've rambled enough. What are you going to do fun today? For those of you on the gulf coast, go right now and get batteries, food and water, and board everything up and be ready to get out of dodge on a moments notice. Don't want to lose any of you, and I don't think your wireless will work very well on top of your house.

Have a great Thursday. Love one another.


Lisa J said...

Oh your lunch sounds like so much fun. I need to find a group to get involved in, and I need to find my husband a group to be involved in. We are having too much togetherness now that we are both retired...I heard that can happen.

Have a great time today. Mine is a little stressful,baby continues to cry nearly all the time.

tipper said...

Sounds like good fun and good food! I love catfish and hushpuppies.

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