So, most of the other students thought the same of Bayside. We all really enjoyed the Zumba and it was really memorable for all of us. It was also one of our favorite places that we have visited so far. The interactions we had with the seniors was something more enriching for all of us than just visiting sites and saying our hellos.
Next item on the list was the book presentation. It was the other group’s turn on Ashton Applewhite’s novel This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism. The book is interesting and very informative. There were a lot of different topics on ageism covered and she had a very powerful voice. It made me realize that I was also ageist since I do treat olders differently. I do offer elderly people my seat on the bus, so Applewhite made me question if the rest of my actions could be ageist. It was a good read, however, I enjoyed Selling the Fountain of Youth more. I was just more interested in the topic and the information she presented.
We also did a check-in for our NAPs. We went over some new resources, how to use it, and how to apply it to our research. My group is doing it on La Jolla, and I really enjoy exploring more of it other than UCSD’s proximity. I wonder how the other two groups/locations are doing and if they are enjoying it as much as I am.
Then was the HAP check-in. Since I am in charge of communicating between the two locations and the rest of the LCSers, I was sort of placed as a leader. I don’t really mind it, but it is a lot of work to be waiting on others and worrying if things would get done in time. It’s a good thing that this group of students is communicating well and getting their work done. Aside from being the middle man, the decorations committee went to Dollar Tree on Saturday and bought a bunch of stuff. I hope we got everything we need, since the fewer receipts the better. I believe things are going well, but we are rushing a bit since the first dance is this Friday at Casa de Manana. I am really excited for it and I hope the people at Casa will also enjoy it.
Finally, we did our Oral History Project presentations. Patricia Benesh, the author of 7 Memories: Partnering to Write a Memoir, came. I hope she enjoyed all of ours. I was a little nervous to present my dad’s stories. He said he didn’t want anyone to know about it, but I think he’ll understand. I just shared one that wasn’t too sensitive of a topic and I didn’t say many details to the rest of the class. I was very impressed with everyone else’s. Everyone’s Extraordinary Person has had a life worth sharing and turned into a memoir. Peace out, girl scouts! Buy girl scout cookies, they’re delicious.