We are older but bolder with lots of perks

The benefits of being older and bolder, in this week's Hammertime.

For the most part, I love being a senior. After all, we do get lots of neat discounts, we can take a nap whenever we wish, we don’t punch a clock anymore but still get paid every month, we are usually forgiven for forgetting, and lots of really nice younger people show their respect by holding the door for us and smiling. Despite the occasional aches and pains and creaks, living in our so-called ‘golden years’ does present us with quite a few neat and always appreciated perks and blessings.

Now that spring has sprung, there are so many events available for seniors (and those who are young at heart) and these may include daily games of cards and events as well as music jams on Saturday afternoon at the Ponoka Seniors’ Drop-in 5015-46 Avenue, weekly events at the Calnash Ag Event Centre, both pristine local golf courses are open with early tee-times for early risers, cool swims on a hot-day at the Aquaplex after a keen game of tennis on the adjacent courts, the annual Farmer’s Market from May to October, all sorts of exciting games of baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse and more in the evenings or weekends (don’t forget your plush seat cushion, lawn chair and treats), many kilometres of walking trails and parks to stroll and enjoy at your own speed and mode of transportation, a casual visit to the museum or library, shopping with no parking metres, the traditional garage sale adventure and on and on with family and friends. Watch the paper and posters for all the action, and then go ahead and schedule your ‘spring fling’ all the way into summer. One of my Golden Age Bowling mates, who is a spry 87 and was a scratch golfer for many years, explains that even though he can’t play anymore, he loves riding around the course in a cart visiting with his friends and watching others swing and sway and get frustrated.

Coffee mugs just for seniors

My email buddy sent me a list of the latest line of coffee mugs that are just for seniors:

*I try to avoid things that make me fat….like scales, mirrors, and photos.

*If life is a journey, mine is between the frig, the computer, and the rocking chair.

*When I get a headache, I take two aspirins and keep away from children, just like it says on the bottle.

*My Book Club only reads old hot novels in large print and wine labels.

*I always offer two dinner choices…..take it or leave it.

*Instead of cleaning the house, I just turn off the lights.

*Age is only a number, weight is only a number, and I’ve decided that numbers are really starting to pee me off.

*Instead of a sign that says ‘do not disturb’ I need one that says…..’Already disturbed-proceed with extreme caution.’

Just for laughs

*Grandparents love Easter. We hide the eggs, wait a half hour, and then join the kids on the fun-hunt because we forgot where we put them.

*Ever look back and think of some of the people you dated or wanted to date in High School then see them now on Face book and think….’Whew. I sure dodged the bullet on that one?’

As we look forward to the fresh air and warm winds of spring, please drive carefully wherever you go as our precious youngsters and future are out and about riding their bikes to school or ball and soccer practice, while others are wheeling or walking and all of you are hopefully keeping their eyes on the road instead of on your fancy phones. You all deserve the best, so just go ahead and have a great week, all of you.