Monday, December 2, 2019

Thanksgiving is not just one day a year, or Maybe there is such a thing as a free lunch

Our church has around 300 people attending currently, up from around 100 just a couple of years ago. There are about 40 in our general age range (somewhere between Social Security and Death). We have a monthly social event called Prime Timers, which I think is a much better name than The Over-The-Hillers or The Not Long For This Worlders or The One Foot In The Gravers. Some months we have a lunch at the church followed by table games or a songfest; sometimes we go somewhere in the church vans. In October they went to a restaurant in Jasper and drove up into the apple country in North Georgia. In November we were honored with a Thanksgiving Feast at the church on Heritage Sunday. In December we usually make a trip to a nice restaurant for a nominal fee which couldn't possibly cover the true cost. Last year, for example, we went to Buca de Beppo (Italian) and paid $5.00 each for an absolute banquet.

This year our director, Tammi, a lovely woman in her late fifties whom we have known since she was 13, announced that we will be going to Mellow Mushroom (pizza) next week. She asked that each person going contribute $9.00 to help cover food, games, prizes, decorations, and so forth. She always does a bang-up job and we appreciate her leadership. I don't think the Prime Timers are included in the church budget; I think Tammi volunteers her time and covers much of the costs herself. I could be wrong. Either way, she is a gem.

On the way to church every Sunday morning Mrs. RWP and I usually stop at Burger King for a quick breakfast of sausage, egg, and cheese croissants and hash-rounds (potatoes). Sometimes we have French Toastix with maple syrup instead. Yesterday we also stopped at our bank's ATM and withdrew $20 to give to Tammi. She wasn't at church this week, though, because her day job -- executive chef at an assisted-living/memory care facility -- needed her to work this weekend. Since the place she works is just a few blocks from the church, we drove over there before deciding where to eat lunch on the way home (Sunday is not a day of cooking at our house).

Ellie stayed in the car since I was just popping in and popping out. The facility's dining room is just off the main lobby area and it was full. Sunday dinner was in full swing. I knew Tammi was busy but I told the receptionist in the lobby that I needed to see Tammi and she went to get her. When she came out she was dressed in gleaming white like the angel she is. I gave her our money and was surprised to hear her ask, "Would you and Ellie like to eat with us?"

"Oh, no, we didn't come here to eat, we came here to give you the money," I said, adding, "but thank you very much for offering."

"Well, can I fix you two boxes to take with you?" she said, and I was quite surprised to hear myself saying, "That would be wonderful!"

She disappeared into the back and returned in a jiffy with the boxes, and we were on our way.

So as things turned out we didn't go to a restaurant after church yesterday. We took our boxes home and our little dog Señorita Juanita Rosita Conchita Abigail, Abby for short, was happy to see us earlier than usual. We dined royally on juicy chicken breast smothered in onion gravy with brown rice and green beans, and it was delicious.

And even though I'm sure some of my readers will not agree, God is good.

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  1. That unexpected lunch sounds great. I am not a get-in-a-van person. But, the group sounds active.

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    1. Linda, it's nice to know that the oldsters are not overlooked and/or forgotten.

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  2. Tammi is a true gem. She obviously truly cares about others. What a remarkable person.

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    1. Emma, plus she sings well and is an interesting speaker.

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  3. I am glad to hear that you had such a great day. Did Abby share any of those food boxes?

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    1. Sue, Abby used to help us eat people food but developed some tummy issues, so now she eats Holistic Select lamb meal dog kibble (it's grain-free), plus a little pumpkin each morning and a little goat's milk each afternoon. She is happy and we are happy.

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  4. Nothing to do with a church but a gang of retirees from where I used to work many many moons ago formed a lunch club and call ourselves The Last of The Summer Wine Club.

    I'll pass on discussing the goodness of your God but there are certainly some very good people around!



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    1. Graham, it's always good to get together with friends. Some of the people I worked with years ago who have all been retired for at least 20 years still gather every Friday at noontime to eat Mexican food and "shoot the breeze" as we say. I've never attended as we live a bit farther out nowadays.

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  5. God is good all the time...
    I'm glad you have some good people in your church too.
    My mom and dad belonged to a senior group at church, and they enjoyed the trips. Seems like some churches mostly focus on children and youth, so it is nice to have programs for everyone.

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    1. Kathy, I quite agree. People of all ages are important in the sight of God and ought to be to one another as well.

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