It’s been too long. I hope you’re doing well.
I thought I’d share a lovely experience I had last week. One of my favorite perks of writing is the chance to meet and chat with readers in book clubs. I had the pleasure and privilege of visiting with many groups before the pandemic and I really missed the connection.
So, when the Smithtown Senior Center invited me to join their discussion of The Fabric of Us, I was thrilled and delighted. And any hopes I had for a nice visit were far surpassed. They pulled out all the stops, from the decorated bulletin board at the entrance to the fresh baked scones and coffee, made for this special morning. The kindness shown to me, from the moment I walked in – greeted by my wonderful friend and hostess, Lisa – to the very last goodbye two hours later, was overwhelming.
After an entertaining discussion sprinkled with tasty snacks, I was treated to a tour of the facility. Lisa proudly escorted me into each room, explaining its purpose, describing upcoming events, parties, clubs and classes offered. From Zumba to Quilting to Jewelry craft and painting, the calendar is always full.
The joy and enthusiasm exuding from the staff and the love they have for this center was palpable and it showed on the elderly members who came in to spend the day.
“When we’re retired and growing older, what is there to do?” Lisa said. “This is a place to gather, learn new things, meet people and have fun.” It certainly is. That’s what we want, after all.
Thank you to the amazing staff and new friends at the Smithtown Senior Center for making this girl feel special and for helping me to look forward to good times to come.
This is where we enjoyed lively discussion of the book. I loved the way we were all seated facing each other.
Lisa, who embodies kindness and enthusiasm
From the moment I walked in, I felt welcome.
The book club
In keeping with the thread running through The Fabric of Us, I paused here to ogle the gorgeous quilts.