Posts Tagged ‘ seniors attending reunions ’

Seniors: What Comes After I Shine My Shoes?

Jan 19th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Getting ready for a special occasion always used to require shining my dress shoes. I don’t do that much anymore. What with the more casual universe in which we live and the availability of so many shoe styles that do not require shining and not going to so many special occasions, shoe shining is like so many things, just a practice from the past.

So, if and when I do find myself shining my shoes it must be for something that is special. Pulling out the polish and the brushes and the old well worn rags and the dressing for the soles and the buffing cloths sets me up to anticipate why I must be going to all this trouble. Here are some of the reasons that shoes get polished these days.

Going to a graduation: spiffing up for a graduation of a grandchild or someone special in your life. That is always cause for celebration and looking nice and feeling good and putting one’s best foot forward.

To Attend or Not to Attend Reunions

Jun 24th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

The season of reunions is beginning to strike at the heart of those of us who graduated 50 years ago. It was 1960. Recalling or wanting to recall those times comes with the invitation to join with classmates in a recollection of what was and a reconstruction of what has been. Do we really want to do that? Those times have been long buried, some deep enough that resurrection is not really desirable. Some were pleasant and carry with them mutual satisfaction in their recall. For many, life moved on and the tradition of participating in “remember when” carries little to no value. For others it is a high and a regeneration of a time mystically glorious.

With the invitation comes the tension “shall I or shall I not attend.” For those for whom the experience was mostly positive and satisfying, the choice will