No sewing just yet. Hand and wrist sprain are healing and I am definitely on the mend. Hope to try some cutting today and get started on the Viola project.
I did have to go to work yesterday at the shop and just have to share an interaction I experienced with you all. The shop where I work offers cooking classes twice a month, and we had an (obviously) older lady contact us to sign up for one of the class offerings. She freely shared with us that she was not only signing up for the class but making the occasion a vacation destination for herself. She planned to stay at a local hotel (actually the one right across the street from the shop!), and attend the class, and explore our little town. After a couple of days she was planning to visit a nearby town and explore its delights for a couple of days as well. After the class she made reservations with us and with the hotel to return next year.
The thing of it was, this lady was in her mid seventies, maybe even eighty. She didn't have a husband. I somehow surmised that she was a widow, but at any rate, she was determined not to let being alone in the world stop her from having a vacation, experiencing some fun or having an adventure. She told me she had driven all the way to our town on her own, and planned to make the vacation an annual occurrence.
She thoroughly enjoyed the class, and purchased two cases of our products to experiment with at home when she tried out the class recipes on her own.
I so admired her for not just throwing in the towel and staying at home in her senior years just because she had no one to share things with anymore. She was brave and intrepid, and determined not to let age and her single status dictate that she should stay at home and throw in the towel.
She shared with me that she planned to buy some new tee shirts, do some wine tasting, eat out at restaurants and ignore her usual dietary restrictions. She was planning to moderately kick up her heels. She seemed totally ok to experience all these new things all on her own.
I admired her, but at the same time, my heart went out to her. I kept imagining her going back to her hotel room all alone with her little shopping bag, her bottle of wine ( to be consumed alone), and her solitary plan for the next day. I kept thinking she needed someone to not just share things with her, but look after her. What if she fell? What if someone took advantage of her? What if she encountered car trouble or some other unforeseen bad luck?
Do any of you know any single ladies of advanced age who are in a similar situation? Are any of you readers in the same boat? How do you feel about doing things on your own? Do you think you can't go on vacation, to concerts, to new destinations, because you do not have a partner? Do any of you have suggestions on how to make our senior years just as full of fun and new experiences as our younger years? Even if we are now on our own?