Seniors should be cherished
I was privileged this past week to meet and spend time with some very special people.
I was inspired by a colleague to write a story about our local senior center reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, but I really had no idea how I would be impacted by my time there and my conversations with the canasta- and UNO-playing folks I met.
I hope the people at the Hartselle Senior Center read this column so they know just how much they warmed my heart.
Walking in the door and being greeted by people who are so happy to see you and are excited to be together was such a fun experience. I am eagerly awaiting the next opportunity I have to sit for a while and learn how to play a game I have never heard of – and certainly can’t pronounce.
Our seniors should be cherished. They are a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
It is quite unfortunate that, by many, people are seen as less valuable at a certain age. What I wouldn’t give to be able to sit down with my grandmothers – the matriarchs of both the Bearden and Martin families – again to ask for advice or just to chat.
I also look forward to the day I will see both my “Ganny” and “Boo-Boo” in heaven.
In my two visits to the Hartselle Senior Center this past week, I met two educators who together taught in Hartselle City Schools for nearly 60 years, learned there is such a game called Rummikub and had several delightful conversations with new friends.
What a blessing it was, to write this one newspaper article and to meet the wonderful people of the Hartselle Senior Center.