49 Forever

We?ve just got back from 49 Forever?s Halloween Party and I think I can say that everyone present had a really good time. Lots of competition and lots of laughter as we went back to our childhood and played games.

We had called the executive and program committee members to discuss the October meeting. I sat there silently (I really did!) and we had an entertaining discussion for a couple of hours and by that time the whole evening was planned. From then on I did nothing but show up for the meeting, and have an evening of fun. Approximately 40 members sat down for supper together and then joined in games and contests. Earl Wilkerson, Florence Stirling, Mary Buist and Joyce Stenvall had everything planned from decorations to games and to prizes.. You would have laughed too watching some of our leading citizens passing an apple under their chins or running across the floor with a clothespin between their knees. Everyone took part with good grace and enjoyed the laughter–even when it was at them.

Many of these same people were planning to go to the regular 49 Forever dance Saturday night.

If you are 49 or older (or any other age) you are automatically a member so feel free to come to the meetings and dances. Our meetings are the third Thursday of every month.. We each pay $2.00 which goes entirely to the Community Centre and covers rent including set-up and clean-up and coffee and tea. At the dances a collection is also taken to be given to the musicians.

How time flies and I haven?t really kept pace for a couple of years or so hence it was a great surprise for me this morning to find stamps are now 49 cents!!!!!!

How times have changed!–and so have I of course. I was reminded of an incident years (and years) ago when my aunt invited a fellow-teacher to my grandparents? home for the weekend. I found out that times were so hard in rural Alberta (and elsewhere in Canada I expect) that small communities with one-room schools had residents who could not afford to pay school taxes but they could afford to board the teacher for a month or so. This teacher, Georgia, told us this story:

She was writing a letter when the lady of the house said, ?Oh, Georgia, I feel really guilty, I owe you a stamp.? Georgia replied, ?Oh don?t worry about it, stamps are only two cents and I have forgotten all about it.? The lady then replied, ?I remember now, you owe me a stamp.?

Can you remember back that far?