|Lunchtime on Raptor Ridge, May 2014|
In the picture above, Mikey (center) was once someone you could count on seeing from week to week. Then he started having problems with his back and knees. Suddenly he stopped coming, and although it hasn't been that long, when he didn't show up to visit with us at our annual Christmas party, I realized I might not see him again any time soon. Rita, next to him on his right, also has knee problems. I still see her occasionally at the Y, but she says she is saving her knees for dancing and cannot do long hikes any more. I recognize that red cap in the lower right as belonging to Fred, who has abandoned us to return to work at his old job.
|Diane, Jonelle, Rita, Jacqueline|
There are others, once regulars, who don't join us on Thursdays any more for a variety of reasons. There are other Senior Trailblazers who have become mainstays, but that doesn't mean I don't miss my old friends. It reminds me to be grateful for each and every time I get to go outside and play. This Thursday looks like it will be wet and maybe a little bit of a drag when compared to other more sunny Thursdays, but I'll be there. And I'll enjoy it, too, no matter what!