One Senior's Opinion: Living in the present
This week I was able to get to the lake, something I haven't been able to do for quite some time. We found a bench and watched the show. Several people on jet skis were making waves, a sailboat coasted leisurely toward the east and the weather was perfect. I feel so fortunate to live so near the lake.
Somehow, I also feel a hint of sadness on this day, A few leaves were falling from the surrounding trees, reminding me that winter is around the corner. I really do not like winter. I dread the ice, cold, snow and the cloudy grey skies which contribute to SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, a fancy term for the winter blues.
I realize I'm beginning to feel a little sorry for myself and decide to turn this not-so-great mood around. After all, I am here, enjoying fall in all its glory. Does anything else matter? Often I must remind myself to live in the present moment. That's all I've got, so I may as well enjoy it.
Some senior citizens aren't able to get out much. Wouldn't it be great if some younger folks would adopt a lonely senior, making it possible for that person to get out once in a while? it wouldn't take too much time, perhaps an invitation to lunch, a movie or short visit once or twice a month. Often its just a reassuring phone call that's needed.
I'm sure the Knickerbocker or the Dwyer Center could find someone who could use a friend. Or, contact your church. They can connect you with someone who has no family and no means of transportation. It's just something to think about...something which helps strengthen our community, one friend at a time.
Speaking of community, just a reminder to please join the residents of the Knickerbocker for our second annual Freaky Family Fun Fest on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. Little ghosts, goblins and pretty ballerinas or movie stars will warm the hearts of our seniors, some of whom will be donning costumes of their own to delight the little ones.
As I've said before, it's the best of all worlds when different generations come together in a community to meet and have fun. We're looking forward to seeing you and your family here at the Knickerbocker on Oct. 26. Happy Halloween.
Dianne Borowski lives in Bay Village.