Meridian Star

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March 23, 2014

‘Neverland’ is alive and well

MERIDIAN — Returning to work at the Meridian Activity Center on Monday morning I wore the green “Born Lucky” T-shirt and Mickey Mouse “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” hat my sister told me I HAD to wear. I felt much like one of the merry pranksters, full of vim and vigor after a weekend in New Orleans.

    It wasn’t the same when I was living there – wonderful in memory naturally, but not as invigorating. My sister, Sister Al, is retired six years now and loves every minute not working. She is proud to be a "party girl." (The connotation has changed with age.) I’ve always thought I’d like to work as long as I could, but then I’ve been ‘born lucky" I guess, enjoying my workplace.

    So the idea of turning 65, retiring and taking classes at the center is certainly a tease to this young lady. But then, who else could do all the stuff I do here? Just kidding. It does make me wonder, though, what changes it would go through.

    Ten years ago when Lauren Mosley was ending her 30-year career at Meridian Parks and Recreation, this place was wide open for new ideas. Lauren began the senior activity programs in Meridian – at Bonita Lakes, Tuxedo and Highland Park – in the '70s. In those days, our seniors were very active politically; they often went by the busload over to Jackson to visit the governor and voice their opinions. They still voice their opinions, mind you.

    It was in those days that Mayor Jimmy Kemp formed the Lauderdale County Council on Aging. This group is now raising funds to continue providing activities during “May Is Older Americans Month.” This year, we will have the fish fry on the first Friday — May 2, rather than later, at the Frank Cochran Center. The health fair begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. They begin serving lunch at 11:3 a.m.  

    Be sure to tell your bank and doctor/hospital director, etc. about the month of May. It is a celebration of seniors – and we aren’t getting much to celebrate these days! They can send a contribution to the Meridian Activity Center, 3300 32nd Ave., Meridian, MS 39305. I am secretary on the Meridian Council on Aging Board; I’ll see that it goes to the fish fry.

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