(Dee: thank you so, so much, and… see you Thursday!!)
For me, the best day of my week is always Thursdays when I am at the Writing & Storytelling class at the Philadelphia Senior Center. Even though it has been only several months since I joined the class, as a volunteer, it feels like I have been with this group for much longer.
They have become a part of my family, as I share the day’s stories with my eager-to-hear family at Thursday night dinner. Whether it’s a story about an eventful bus trip, a long-awaited family reunion, New Year’s family traditions, a hilarious case of mistaken identity, life long ago in a far away land, a rousing rendition of the Irish Parlor Song, or very personal remembrances of a great man, I always have so much to learn from these seniors. They gladly share their lives, their families and their wisdom,
intertwined with humor, grace and humility.
But the unexpected surprise for me was learning that the seniors enjoy being asked for their advice, on a variety of topics, from younger generations – and, that younger generations really want to listen to what the seniors have to say! The topics transcend generational boundaries – how to mend a broken heart, how to survive a loss or how to start a conversation with family elders.
So, for me, that is the magic of this class – generations actively engaged in each other’s lives – and why Thursdays are the “Best Day” of the week … by far!