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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

You Gotta Have Friends!

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By Jack James
These two sweet ladies are Muriel Ruth Lovell and Genell Graham. Genell just celebrated a milestone birthday (not polite to ask or tell a lady’s age but it is somewhere between 70 and 90!). The ladies were talking and laughing, having a good time at the Lavaca Senior Center this past week.
You see a lot of that at the senior center! It’s not just a bunch of folks sitting in wheelchairs, wrapped in lap quilts with heads hung low mumbling incoherently. Far from it! The seniors here are busy in spirited domino and Rook games, shooting pool, making puzzles, competing with area centers in Beanbag Baseball. They just got back from an all-day group trip to the arts and crafts festival at War Eagle.
It’s hard to keep these folks down! Just check out ole 96-year old Tom who peddles vegetables from his garden to area COOP’s and farmer’s markets. He still has enough energy to dance a jig if the song and spirit is just right!
If you are over 60 years old, make your way to your area senior centers! The food is hot and good and the company is so much better than reruns on television! Who knows? You may even get a hug from a friendly little lady or two!

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