I have parents who indulged my creative whims while I was growing up. When my imagination was captivated by a story of a girl in a blue gingham dress, my mother sewed me one to match the book illustrations. It was my favorite garment until I outgrew it.
At my request, mom slathered butter on slices of home-baked bread to recreate my elementary reader’s descriptions of roast beef sandwiches eaten by pioneer children.
Having the disadvantage of parents who were city born and bred, kids at my school lunch table did not believe that people actually ate chicken necks. My mother gladly fried up several hens so I could take the necks to school and eat them in front of my friends.
When I expressed a fascination with rocks, my dad came home with a book on geology and samples of American indigenous stones. My parents similarly produced a stamp album when I became interested in collecting stamps. Whatever captured my imagination, they enabled and encouraged my exploration of it without reprimand if the interest faded.
That kind of encouragement without recrimination opened up a whole world of exploration. It fostered in me a boldness for trying new things and embracing new experiences. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at cake decorating, Tae Kwon Do, and brass rubbing, with varying degrees of success.
That appreciation for variety has carried over into my job at the Senior Center. We try to give our folks plenty of opportunity for trying new things. With that in mind, we’ll be starting a 30-minute conversational Spanish class at 9 on Tuesday mornings beginning in May. Everyone is welcome.
For those who missed the AARP Defensive Driving class in March, we’ll be bringing it back again on Tuesday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.. Call us at 940-325-6470 or drop by the center to sign up.