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It does not seem like it is time to be sitting here trying to get some words in perspective for the first “senior of the month” column. Just always remember that time flies when you are having fun. And that (fun) I do try to do.
My own mother is still with me but I don’t get to see her as often as I would like. Thank goodness for “Ma Bell” or Windstream as we call the phone system today. So my first “senior for the month” column is Ilda Warren, a lady whom I have really come to love and admire. She has been a mother figure for me.
When I started going to the senior center, I knew that probably Ilda and Mr. F.M. were the oldest ones at the Lebanon senior center. I was aghast when they told me how long they had been married. Ilda asked me how old I was and I told her soon to be 60. Her reply was “honey, FM and I have been married several years longer than you’ve been around”.
Ilda and F.M were at the senior center ev.ery day - five days a week. They had been coming to the center for like 30 years. They loved playing cards with the others. A game called crazy eight. I did not know how so I learned how to play so I could play at their table also. I did not play often with them because that table was serious and allowed no talking while playing cards. Only while shuffling for the next game was there a little gab.
Ilda said her and F.M. played cards also every day after their evening meal until bedtime. That was their way of passing time with all their time. Keep in mind all their years of marriage and togetherness - that was a lot of card playing.
I knew last fall when I went in to the center and Ilda had already fell once and was absent for a few days that more than likely her days there at the center would be numbered. I noticed she had asked every time I was there had I moved yet. Then come the day I heard the sirens in the neighborhood and watched out my front door seeing Ilda being put in that ambulance again. This time she did not return home nor back to the senior center.
Her health now has her as a resident at The Village. I went there to visit with her last week and truly enjoyed talking with her. She knew me right off and wanted to know what I was doing there. First, I told her I was overdue in visiting with her and then I told her she was my first pick for a new column I wanted to do in the newspaper. I told her ‘You are no longer with us but not forgotten”. I asked her several questions about how her life was through the years as a kid growing up, getting married, raising her children, and then to the “senior center”.
Ilda told me she was born, raised, and married in Calvary. Ilda had said she was not sure how old she had gotten. When I asked her if she was 94 first she was not sure, then, no I’m surely not that many years. Ilda says now though she does not think of age. I called her daughter Phyllis to confirm her age. Ilda was born in July of 1919. That makes her 92 plus.
She married she said right out of high school. Ilda said she had a job and a half because she sewed, cooked, and cleaned for nine children and a husband. Ilda said F.M. farmed and they raised their garden together for her to cook and can for their food to have to eat.
Her conversation then kept going to what it was like at the senior center. She truly was glad and appreciative for the center being there for her and F.M. to have a place to socialize and be with others. She said she missed being able to go to the center sometimes.
She told that she really likes being where she is now though. She says she stays busy. That is really good she is happy and content on the hill. I have also heard the older one gets the faster the time goes.
As I got my camera out I asked if it was okay to take a picture and she said “Oh, I don’t take a good picture”. She then straightened at her sweater and kind of posed her right arm so I took that as a clue for getting a picture.
We talked a few more minutes of course which was about the senior center. She said to tell everyone “hello”. Ilda told me to come back soon and you know I think I will to read her the column and hug the celebrity that she is.
On Sunday Dec. 4 from 2 until 5, we are having the annual Marion County Senior Christmas Party at the KC Hall. There will be music, games, door prizes, Bingo, and eats. Cost is $2 and a non perishable food item to be donated to The Caring Place. Call (270) 699-9898 or (270) 692-6591 to put your name on the list. We will need to know an approximate amount for fixing the eats.
Happy Halloween to you with your tricks or treats. Next month be sure to “fall” back in time Sunday the sixth to do your voting duty Nov. 8 and don’t forget to “Thank” a veteran on the 11th. Then it is gobble, gobble time again.