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General News · 16th May 2011
Ralph Nursall
There was a grand and mighty party at the Gorge Hall, Saturday evening, May 14. It was like the celebration of a Convocation for a quartet of Cortes Islanders graduating into seniorhood from a long, arduous subsenior training period. There was wonderful food, music, dancing, and a tumultuous rattle of conversation as the four and their friends let loose! It was wonderful to see the young folks have such a splendid time, as they stride (or slide) into the full maturity of seniority and elder status! Now they are fulltime Gold Care Card Carrying Comrades of Cortes Island, ready to take part purposefully in all the events that have given seniorhood the hypothetical status of “The Golden Years”! Those of us who remember such halcyon days, welcome them, knowing that they will quickly become adept at Monday through Thursday ferry travel, and Tuesday specials for Seniors at M&M. We know that they will discover new acquaintances up and down Vancouver Island, and over to the mainland, as they become familiar with more, and evermore esoteric, medical specialists interested in examining parts and pieces of them, some of which the bearers were unaware until they started to misbehave, but all generally wrinkled and shrinking! They will learn to experience and accommodate new and wonderful procedures – many of them astonishingly intimate. They will begin to participate eagerly with fellow travellers and TAP bearers in conversation about comparison of doctors and disabilities, of cure and complication, of pill and potion. They will find a whole new forest of fascinating pharmaceuticals to explore and harvest! The senior years are full of new and exciting adventures! Welcome to the cohort; help us make Finance Ministers more nervous than ever. The roles Old Timers can play are limitless. Let’s get on with the game!

Ralph Nursall