Visiting TIme.

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. ~Pearl S. Buck

We went to visit our friends at the retirement community today, like we do every Saturday morning. I still have A LOT to do to prepare for Monday in court, but I didn’t want to break our routine. I’m glad I didn’t…

Red, the living ring toss elf...

Red, the living ring toss elf…

This is a photo of our buddy, Red. Red’s a veteran of World War Two and Korea, and a lifelong Navy man.

You can imagine how much fun we had teasing him about his hat… Gary, another resident of the community, thought Red would be a great ringtoss target, as can be seen in the photo…

The photo is even funnier  to me because Red’s reflection in the mirror looks like a little garden gnome!

It was a nice visit today, and I needed a pick me up after dwelling on the looming custody case for my daughter… We invited Red and his lady friend to the house for Christmas Eve (yes, he’s 87 and still a ladies’ man!).

We were invited in turn to spend an evening with another friend we’ve made at the community. We’re looking forward to being guests of Michael… He brings donuts every Saturday to our coffee get together, so I’m sure he will be a gracious host.

It was nice to get out and be with friends, and to not have to think of the unpleasantness of court on Monday. We’ve decided to take the two daughters and head to St. Augustine this evening for dinner and to see the lights… They go all out on the decorating.

It’s a good day, and will be a good evening… I needed it.






  1. And I needed this post today. Thanks.

    1. I’m glad you found it then 🙂

  2. It’s good to take a breath from a heavy duty. It clears your mind and some relaxation to do so. I hope things are going to turn out as you hope for. Take care 🙂

    1. Thank you! Things will turn out as they’re supposed to. It’sup to me to assimilate the result into my life, and be content no matter the outcome.

  3. Sadly though that is not the case in some societies where the needs and wants of the younger generation are trumping the older generation.

  4. Simply put, this is good stuff. I am glad you have this and they have you.

    1. Thanks Glenn- I hope you’re having a good weekend too.

  5. That’s really sweet to hear. It’s so easy for people to forget that we need to look out for our elders and treat them with the respect they deserve because there are so many of them that are often neglected and don’t have any family or friends to turn to. Sounds like you’re a great friend to them. 🙂

    1. We really enjoy our visits. I’ve learned a lot from them since we made our visit the first thing we do on Saturday mornings.

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