Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 9, 2013

Traditions . . .

Mineral Wells Index

— I’ve never bet on a horse race in my life. But I’m a Louisville girl, born and bred, so it just wouldn’t seem right not watching the Kentucky Derby on the first weekend of May.  

Last week I pulled my center seniors into the Derby experience by serving them Kentucky Burgoo and Derby Pie. Yum, good stuff! The only thing missing was Barry Manilow singing on a Derby parade float.

It’s funny how little customs become woven into the fabric of our lives.

I always woke my children with singing and presents on their birthdays because that’s what my parents did for me. Sitting alone in the dark after everyone else has gone to bed on Christmas Eve, sipping hot chocolate while watching the tree lights flicker and reflecting back on the ending year is a tradition I created for myself decades ago.  

These small traditions are comforting somehow.  They create continuity, like a small oasis of stability in an ever-changing world.

Like everyone else, we enjoy some longstanding traditions at the Senior Center. But we’re also ready to create new ones whenever a good idea presents itself.

For the second of what we hope will become many years of tradition, we’ll be holding a Mother’s Favorite Recipes Baking Contest next Friday, May 17. Entry fees for adults are $3 and $1.50 for kids under 18. All entries should be at the center by 10 a.m. that Friday so the judging can begin at 11.

Another new tradition beginning on Saturday, May 18, is city/county pet adoptions taking place at the Senior Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Some of our folks will have tables set up for an indoor garage sale at the center that morning, so come on down and make a day of it.

There are still a few openings left for the AARP Defensive Driving Course scheduled for Tuesday, May 21. The class runs 9:30-3 p.m. with an hour-long lunch break at noon.

The bus is filling up for our trip to Winstar on Wednesday, June 12. We’ll leave the Senior Center at 8 a.m. and return that afternoon around 5. Cost for the trip is $20, but that will be refunded in the form of casino playing credit upon arrival. A free breakfast buffet is included. Call the center at 940-325-6470 or stop by our reception desk to sign up.

Anyone is welcome to attend our free Beginning Conversational Spanish classes every Tuesday morning at 9.  Please let us know if you’re coming so we can prepare materials for you.

Don’t forget our Second-Friday Dance tomorrow night, Friday, May 10, from 6:30-9 p.m. With a meal and decorations furnished by Bethany HomeHealth Services, we’ll have fun dressing up for a Hollywood Red Carpet theme.

Plan on joining us for supper at our free Movie Night on Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. This month’s film is “His Girl Friday,” starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.  

You’ll find plenty of traditions both old and new at the Senior Center. The age for participant eligibility is 50, but everyone is welcome to stop by and visit.  Why not make us one of your new traditions?