Garland Senior Center plans busy October

By: By Marie Faircloth - Contributing columnist

Oh, what beautiful weather! This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed a beautiful train ride up to Wilmington Delaware for a dear friend’s wedding. It was my first time riding on Amtrak. The wedding was great, I really enjoyed our weekend getaway and we are looking forward to taking a mini vacation in Delaware.

The Garland Center still bears the name of Garland Senior Center where great things happen. We are gearing up for the 4th Annual Community Day. We will receive our flu shots on Oct. 18 and we will have Sampson Community College come out and take our vitals. The public is welcome and it’s free! On Oct. 9, our feet will get some much-needed attention from Carolina Foot Care. We have a few events on the horizon. October is breast cancer awareness and we are planning something big; date to be determined. In Nov., we have a 6-week diabetic class planned by the Alliant program. We will announce the dates soon. As you can see, we have a lot planned and fun to be had.

Sometimes people think of the nutrition and senior center as just a place to get a meal, but folks it’s more than a meal. It’s good times, exercise, education, classes, healthy cooking, making friends, fellowship, spiritual lifts, and oh I could keep going. We don’t get old because we play; we get old because we quit playing. I love my job and more importantly I am passionate about what I do. The participants are my family. The more we get together the happier we are. It reminds me of an old children’s song we use to sing. “The more we get together, together, the more we get together, the happier are we, for your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends, the more we get together, the happier are we.”

Today we sat on the front porch and talked about old health remedies like stepping on a nail and holding your feet over sugar, turpentine and heat to draw out the poison. Man did that hurt, but it worked! Or have you ever put an onion in your sock to break a fever? Oh how it smelled, but it too worked. Turpentine and sugar were for a cough and a large collard leaf on your neck and chest were used to break a cough. I believe my own mother invented a cold medicine before it was patented. Did you know pillowcases made great arm slings after falling from a tree?

As I write my mind is racing down memory lane of Holly Grove Community. If you have ever lived on Indian Town Road or Tram Road you know what I am talking about.

Live, Love, Laugh under the Shade Tree of Life.

Marie Faircloth Faircloth

By Marie Faircloth

Contributing columnist

Marie Faircloth is the director of the Garland Senior Center.

Marie Faircloth is the director of the Garland Senior Center.