Saturday, July 31, 2010

Linda (I am a Senior Citizen)

Sometimes, a new member would walk into our classroom for the first time, and coyly tell the group that she is just going to listen… but then as the minutes slip by and the trust intensifies around the table, she would spontaneously start to tell a story. It’s unbelievable really, to witness these personal breakthroughs take place over the course of a mere hour. I love it every time. It makes me want to stand up and cheer out loud. Linda’s story here is so… what’s the word… naked.  And in its nakedness so intense. I really couldn’t believe my ears when I heard it. This story marked a special moment for her. Yay! Go, Linda!

(And yes, Linda has been coming to class regularly since. Her smile is bigger week after week. This past Thursday she wrote a full page about being happy for the first time since April. Can’t wait to share that story soon.)

Linda Carr
I am a Senior Citizen

Today, being here in this class, I am realizing for the first time that: I AM a senior now. 

I have two kids – a son and a daughter – and 9 grandchildren.  They are concerned that I am always hanging around at home.  Today I decided to get out of my bed and come here.  I heard this was a jumping place.  Everyone in this class has made me feel so welcome. I am just starting to adjust to the fact that I am a senior citizen.