Follow Me to the Senior Center – Larger Than Life

By Carl and Jo Ann Hauser
Larger than life could refer to an event, an object, or a person. For instance, the last weekend in April unknowingly I participated in the same spiritual event as my church pastor. That would be watching the NFL draft on ESPN. I know, ladies, for most of you that is not your idea of a larger than life event. As I’m writing this article, my wife is going out the door to attend the High Tea at the Methodist Church. Dressing up, eating hors d’oeuvres, hanging out with your girlfriends . . . what could be better than that? And on behalf of all us men, we’re glad it was ladies only!

Mirrors can reflect larger than life objects or persons. Have you noticed that every bathroom has a large mirror? As you get out of the bath or shower, you’re going to see yourself in the buff, whether you want to or not. Most of us have bellies that are getting ever so closer to larger than life. So, as you get older, you’d mostly rather not! The best mirror is the one on the side of your car; they all say, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” So, if you think your nose is too big, or that zit on your face (that no one in their 60s should ever have) looks bad . . . (it does); look in that side mirror; you’ll feel much better about yourself. However you might want to skip looking in the car mirror if you just had plastic surgery. By the way, if you are going to spend thousands of dollars to enlarge something, it’s not about the lips, ladies . . . just saying.

I’m sure that I’m not a larger than life person. I suspect though, I’m becoming a larger person, but I can’t verify that because Jo Ann threw out our scales years ago. When talking about larger than life people, you have to be careful not to fall into idol worship. What you want to do is give them your utter most respect for who they are, what they’ve accomplished, and how they’ve treated other people. When we say larger than life, we probably think of historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, or Winston Churchill. I believe a larger than life person is one who excels at life. They can be a friend, relative, or even someone you admire from afar. On April 15th we lost such a person in our little community of Cloudcroft, Ann Payne. Now I could treat this like an obituary, and tell you she was born and raised in Kentucky, and that she taught Latin for 38 years, and is survived by her daughter Mary Brown. But, I only met Ann three years ago, when she was 92. I am anything but an expert on Ann’s life. How do I know that she’s a larger than life person?

When you enter a room full of people, there will always be one or two that will catch your eye: that would be Ann. The person with the biggest smile on her face (missing teeth and all): that would be Ann. Tithing everything she had from her teachers’ pension to her winnings at the casino: that would be Ann. While playing bridge we would hear BJ yell, “Old woman, I’m going to get you!” Then hearing them laugh together: that would be Ann. The one who only needed a smile with a twinkle in her eye to say, “Got-cha!” when her Kentucky Wildcats beat up on my poor Jayhawks in the 2012 Championship Game: that would be Ann. Seeing one struggle to rise from her chair because of the pain in her knees, but never complaining: that would be Ann. The one who could bring love and joy into any room with her big grin: that would be Ann. One of our larger than life Seniors: Requiescat in pace (rest in peace), Ann. P.S. the only larger than life person she would worship: Jesus.

Let’s review what we’ve learned. 1) Warning: your nose, rear and belly will appear larger in the mirror. 2) The NFL draft is a larger than life event. 3) Women like to dress up (no brainer). 4) Zits should not be allowed if you are over 40. 5) Yelling, “Old woman!” is not a bid in bridge. 6) Our dear friend Ann Payne was a larger than life woman of character.

The month of May brought some changes to our Senior Center. All good! We are pleased to announce that we are now serving lunch on Thursdays in Mayhill. It’s going so well that we plan to serve lunch twice a week starting in July. We also have two new employees: Rachelle and Teresa. Rachelle is our new van driver; Teresa is a floater, filling in where needed, and providing service to our Mayhill Seniors. Our larger than life lunch deal is the best in town. Call 682-3022 by 9:30 AM for a lunch reservation. We suggest a two-dollar donation. Call in to reserve your place to ride the van down to Alamo on Mondays or Tuesdays for shopping and lunch out. The van can also pick you up for lunch at our Center on Wednesdays and Fridays. Join your friends for bridge on Tuesdays (lessons) or Thursdays (old pros?) at 12:20. Check out Farkle Fridays. Roadrunner food bank is the first Wednesday of every month. Marty Ware creates and maintains, which highlights special events with pictures. Enjoy her website! Come join us at our larger than life Senior Center. God bless you all!

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