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Senior Center News

April 25, 2013

Sentimental Attachments

What is it about certain objects that creates emotional bonding?

Some friends who helped me pack and move last weekend were amazed at all the “stuff” I’m taking to our new home. The problem is, almost every piece has a story. These sugar bowls and cream pitchers belonged to my grandmothers. I was given this tray at my first child’s baby shower. The glass basket came from Great Aunt Edith. These pictures hung on the walls of my house in Korea.

I guess my attachment is not so much to the objects themselves, but to the people, places and events to which they are connected. When I hold a teacup my grandmother drank from, the decades since her death fall away and I am once more a child at her table. The things I’ve collected evoke memories of happy times. That’s why I’ve lugged them with me around the world all these years. They make wherever I am feel more like home.

We cherish the memories that make us smile. Here at the Senior Center we try to build up our participants’ reservoir of happy recollections by offering a wide variety of interesting activities and events.

Here’s a heads-up about some long-range events coming in the next few months.

• On May 7, we will offer beginning conversational Spanish classes at 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings. There is no fee and everyone is welcome.

• On May 17 we’ll hold our second annual Mother’s Favorite Recipes Baking Contest, open to all ages. Categories include appetizers and snacks, breads, cakes, cookies and pies. Registration is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children. Call the center at (940) 325-6470 to register.

• Beginning on May 18, the Senior Center will become a hosting site for pet adoptions. On the third Saturday of each month, local animal shelters will have animals here available for adoption. Please consider how you can help stem the staggering number of animals that must be euthanized each year. Think about saving a pet who needs a loving home.

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