The resemblances to a school setting does not end there though. There are rules, financial matter to be considered and the emotional issues related to aging. We try to make our lives fit into the setting because we realize that a wonderful resort like this has to maintain guidelines or we would be living in a big mess. And a community of experiences seniors can be very hard to control. Having said this I need to vent just a bit. I know you won't mind.
|Childhood Sweethearts still love dancing |
after 51 years of marriage!
In an RV resort or any 55+ community the residence are very dependent on social occasion like dances, coffee hours and concert. It is part of what we love about being surrounds by age mates. When we have a dinner/dance event for example, the parks will take into account that seniors do have some special needs. Diet, physical ability, marital status, money and simply getting old can limit community members participation. Either the cost is reduced or people are allowed to buy separate tickets, one for dinner and one for dancing. It turns out it is a bookkeepers nightmare.
In our particular case, we are not going to our Valentine Dance. The option is for just one ticket that includes dinner and dancing. The event is not over priced but I have a health issue and cannot eat what they have on the menu. If you are living in a community like this, you will understand. We need to always keep in mind that we are renters and our landlord runs a big business. Spread sheets don't have faces or special needs along side the numbers. The tail is wagging the dog...the financial difficulties control our lives.
Is it the principal of the thing? Well not really. Valentines Day is and always has been special for my husband and I. Cooking at home does not have "Valentines Day" written all over it. All I want is a nice dinner out at restaurant that can cater to my dietary needs and a few dances with my husband amid our friends at a price we can afford. In this particular case, "tails" win!