"Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. "
~John Lennon


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Some Young People Give Me Hope

One evening this week a group of us went to a nearby town for an evening of fun at the senior center. The event was hosted by the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students at the schools in that town. There are 65 students in that group, and about twenty of them were on hand to cater to us seniors all evening.

They walked in carrying bags of prizes, bags and bags of prizes, which they displayed on a long table. There were gift certificates from Arby's, McDonalds, local restaurants and gas stations as well as bags of candy and candy bars and many other items of interest to us seniors.

A huge platter of meat and cheese and boxes and boxes of crackers and cookies were set out and we served ourselves to the meats, which were cut into squares. I had never seen such a large platter of meat and cheese, it was at least two feet high. The teens started popping popcorn and brought around bowls of popcorn and kept the bowls full all evening. They continually filled our cups of beverages and kept piling on more meat and cheese.

The young people were young and energetic and were friendly and kind and fun to all the seniors. One of the teens started calling out bingo numbers and the games began. We all won several times so we went home at the end of the event with bags of prizes. One of my friends went home with several gift packs of bath products from Bath and Body Works as well as two $10 gift certificates for car gas.

This type of interaction with teens and seniors was new to me and it warmed my heart to overfilling. I will definitely attend this event next year.

13 comments:

Rock Chef said...

Sadly it is the bad side of youth that makes good headlines - there are a lot of great kids out there just living good lives and trying to make the world a better place. Glad you enjoyed the event, it sounds great!

Brian Miller said...

this is cool...teens need this kind of interaction...as much as seniors need it as well...and RC is right this kind of stuff does not get the headlines sadly...sounds like fun

LL Cool Joe said...

Yes there are many great young people out there, doing wonderful things and giving back to society, but unfortunately it's only the troublemakers we read about. Glad you had fun!

DJan said...

That is wonderful. Good for everybody, and what a nice intergenerational party! Thanks for sharing it, CiCi. Wish I was there... :-)

Jeanie said...

What a fun event. I bet the kids enjoyed as much as you did.

Adam said...

sounds like a good time

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

It is really wonderful that there are young folks out there to help make your evening a fun event. Too bad it's only annual.

Abby said...

That warmed my heart just reading about it! We hear so much about "teen troubles", it's nice to remember there are good ones out there too. Glad you had a good time!

Ms. A said...

Sadly, those are the ones that rarely make the news. There are good ones out there, raised right, raised to care about other living beings, that don't think they deserve everything just because they exist.

Hilary said...

Sounds like a nice time. One that's important for both groups to experience.

Joanna Jenkins said...

This sounds like such a great idea that I'm passing it onto my nephew who runs a senior center back in Ohio. What a great time!!!
xo jj

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

It is good to hear that not all teens are surly! Yeah, I have become rather cranky in my time. Sigh.

terri said...

That sounds like such a great time. More kids should follow suit and do such productive things with their time.