My husband spent Monday and Tuesday moving out of Hayes Station. The little coffee/deli/ice cream restaurant was one of his dreams. For years, while we were still overseas, he talked of opening his shop when we returned to the States. From our home in Manila he even took an online Texas Food Manager certification course. But this year’s daily average of four to seven customers couldn’t sustain the business, and it went deeper into debt with each passing week. He finally had no choice but to lay it to rest.
It’s hard to watch a dream die, to let go of the hope that sparkled with such promise at its inception. Some people never recover from that kind of disappointment, becoming angry or bitter at the unfairness of life. Then there are others who accept failure as a learning experience. They appreciate how it helped them change and grow, and they look forward to new and better opportunities.
I have hopes for Mineral Wells Senior Center. I dream that one day we will be financially stable, not having to worry from month-to-month if money will come in to pay the bills. I dream of a larger building that will sustain all our programs. I dream of bringing in a greater percentage of the area’s senior adults with our services. I dream of an adequate full-time staff to carry the work load.
These dreams may not come true in my generation, but that doesn’t stop us from aiming toward them now. Every day our center staff, participants and board members are planning and working to keep this place as productive and active as it can be. And for now, we still depend upon our community’s help and involvement.
Our biggest annual fundraiser is drawing closer with each passing week. This year’s Taste of Palo Pinto County will be held at Holiday Hills Country Club on Monday evening, July 15, from 6-10 p.m. We are currently seeking sponsors and donations of auction items. Tickets are available, as well, either at the center or from participants and board members. If you’d be willing to help with this crucial fundraiser, please stop by the center or give us a call at 940-325-6470.
Next Tuesday morning we will inaugurate the newest of our free educational courses. Patricia Luna will teach a Beginning Conversational Spanish class every Tuesday from 9-9:30. Call to let us know you’re coming, or just drop by to check it out.
There is still time to sign up for the AARP Defensive Driving Course from 9:30-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. Space is limited, so call today to reserve your spot.
Attention, cooks of all ages! Our second annual Mother’s Favorite Recipes Baking Contest is coming up on Friday, May 21. There is a $3 entry fee for adults and $1.50 for kids under 18. Categories include Appetizers & Snacks, Breads, Cakes, Pies, and Cookies. Prizes will be awarded in every category. Contact the senior center to register.
On Wednesday, June 12, we’ll be taking a trip to WinStar. The resort bus coming to pick us up will only hold 54 people, so call to reserve your seat if you wish to go. The $20 cost, due by June 3, includes transportation, a free breakfast buffet for seniors, and $20 of casino playing credit. We will leave from the center at 8 a.m. and arrive back in Mineral Wells around 5 p.m.
Don’t forget that we’ll be hosting city/county pet adoptions at the center from 10-3 on Saturday, May 18. There will be a multi-person garage sale going on inside that same day. Doors will open for the sale at 8 a.m.
Hopes and dreams are alive and well at Mineral Wells Senior Center. Why not join us in helping make them come true.