What do you enjoy about getting older?
Several weeks prior to finishing each issue of Interpreter, we send a question to all readers for whom we have email addresses, asking them to respond with a short answer of 50-75 words. We hope you will join the conversation.
"What are you looking forward to or enjoying about getting older? Why?"
FOR THIS ISSUE, YOU SAID ...
As I grow older, I am both enjoying the progress, looking forward to the future and coordinating (for the past three years) a community garden at Chapel Hill UMC. We provide food to the San Antonio Food Bank and a work site for youth on probation to complete assigned community service hours and grow along with the plants. I will be 92 in June, reaching for 100 in 2022.
Betty Bundy, Chapel Hill UMC, San Antonio
I am a member of the generation that fell through the cracks. I started working in 1971 and looked forward to retirement. However, after almost 13 years with (a major corporation), they took my job away. I was in their pension plan. (My replacement) was not. Now I am 65 and cannot quit work or I will lose my home. All the plans I made are out the window. Life took a hard turn I wasn't prepared to deal with. I envy people who get to retire and live the lives they wanted, taking care of themselves, not a corporation.
Ann Clarke, Bon Air UMC, Richmond, Va.
My most delightful moments, now that I am a little old white-haired lady of 69, are the times I get to spend with my children and grandchildren. Time constraints do not exist. They only need "Gran" to listen, smile, clap, sing and hug. Now who would not sign up for that? My knees may be aching, but my heart is having a ball.
Celestine Davis, Wesley UMC, Baton Rouge, La.
The joys of retirement surpass any aches and pains. My husband, George, and I have our health.We know the value of waking up and looking forward to the day. I have the wanderlust. He has the need to get his hands dirty in his garden. We go our separate ways and our together ways. We continue to grow in our faith and believe this happens because we worship together. We aren't finished serving our Lord.
Kenita Gibbins, Christ UMC, Denver
At 73, I look forward to continuing to be valued for my experience and insight. I volunteer in my community (and) serve two small congregations. Because my finances are limited, I don't travel as much as I might like, but I participate in mission trips. My only grandchild is a blessing, and I look forward to following his life into college and beyond. Life is good. God is good.
The Rev. Tony Gunter, Boaz, Ala.
I am a deaconess candidate. Since I have been diagnosed with cancer at age 65, I look forward to each day and new ways to serve the Lord.
Barbara Haralson, First UMC, Safford, Ariz.
I'm 45, and our children are 7 and 5. I look forward to watching them grow into young adults, making lifelong friends and setting their feet on the path of life in a meaningful way. They are my legacy, and I pray my role as father and teacher will bear a God-loving, confident and responsible man and woman.
Chris Nielsen, Rosehill UMC, Tomball, Texas
At age 24, I am most excited about becoming wiser!
Rebecca Nolte, Countryside UMC, Topeka, Kan.
The absence of the daily grind of early rising, working all day, returning home for dinner and usually a meeting at our church. The absence of responsibility for "everything." The ability to take a trip at a moment's notice. The ability to enjoy every facet of life: family, friends, community, movies, books and music.
Rod Randolph, Mount Carmel UMC, Winston Salem, N.C.
In a word: discounts! Senior discounts, early-bird specials and AARP membership discounts! I'm 52 now. In 10 years, I'll be able to get my rewards for working through all these years of paying off a misspent youth! In 10 years, I could possibly have a daughter-in-law and a grandchild, which is awesome! Somewhere in heaven is a little spirit that will come down here and be my grandbaby. What an amazing thought! Bring it on!
Liz Turner, Ginter Park UMC, Richmond, Va.