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Archive for March 23rd, 2006

Mom’s Senior Games Report

Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

MomMy mom is extra-ordinary. She has been retired for over a decade but she still teaches kids to read (as a volunteer), both in Florida when she’s there and in Michigan when she’s here. She is very involved with both her communities; she is involved in church and dance groups and neighborhood groups. She leads low-stress exercise groups. She wins medals (lots of them) at the Senior Games in Polk County, Florida. Which, for the record, is the largest senior games in the USA.

This year Mom and Fred won a good number of medals once again. They are very fun to watch when they dance! Also, Mom always does some of the track events. She had a bad year about 10 years ago when she was on chemo, where walking just to the car from her front door was hard work. Since then, she does the shorter dashes in celebration of her life and continued health.

Mom sometimes writes long and chatty notes that all her friends and loved ones enjoy. This time she wrote in part about the games. She says:

We again took part in the Senior Games this year. I got silver in the 50 meter and 100 meter dash. My times were 15.15 and 30.71. I started doing that 8 years ago to prove I was still alive and have been doing ever since. Again we had a photo finish for the 1200 walk. I was 4th. I was not in good shape as I was just getting over my sinus problem and had not practiced.

Fred got back a few days before we took part in the dance. We got four golds in polka, jitterbug, country two step and twist. The only reason we got gold in the twist was we were the only one in our age group to enter (70-79). We got four silver and one bronze in the rumba, cha-cha, tango, foxtrot and waltz. The night before we practiced when Fred throws his leg over me and pulls me through his legs. We had not done it for two years. When we did it at the games, the roof almost went off as the folks really enjoyed it.

It is fun to be in the games. The oldest participant was a 100 year old bowler. They gave him free admission to next year’s games! When I ran the dashes, a 94 year old lady ran in the far lane as she was the only one in her age group.

Photo: Mom on her 70th birthday about a year and a half ago. She is wearing a ColorJoy Stole my brother’s wife, Diana, knit for her. Isn’t she pretty?