I found a quote on the internet site TIMPUR, "Every summer has its own story." This summer of 2020 will be a truly unique story for many of us.
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I made a visit with our daughter's family to Rising Park in Lancaster. It was a beautiful, sunny, just-right-temperature day. We four adults remembered going there from Columbus as children, and we wanted to share the experience with our two grandchildren. The trail up to the top of Mount Pleasant (250 feet) was a bit steeper than we had remembered, but it posed no problem at all for the younger ones.
Rising above the surrounding plain is a bluff overlooking a portion of Lancaster from the fairgrounds through some of downtown. On a clear day, you can even see some of the taller buildings of Columbus. It is a peaceful, truly pleasant place. We spent some time just enjoying the view.
When we descended, we found an older tree with widespread limbs and set up our two family blankets in its shade for our picnic lunches. Each family brought its own food, and we kept the recommended distance. It was situated next to a pretty pond with a gazebo -- ideal. We have also been able to appropriately visit family and some friends in our backyard, another pleasant place with my many blooming flowers and the well-tended lawn, courtesy of my husband. Again, we follow the COVID-19 coronavirus recommendations, but with the beauty of summer, it seems almost normal.
The Senior Center of Reynoldsburg has provided some opportunities, too, to get out this summer. A while ago it was National Donut Day, and the SCOR staff, along with Jolly Pirate Donuts and Cotner Funeral Home, provided drive-thru pickup of the treats.
Since many members were running short of reading material, SCOR provided drive-thru book pickup. The books had been sitting on the center's library shelves since well before the pandemic. Five books were loaded into each bag provided by the Reynoldsburg Parks and Recreation Department. One SCOR staff member even provided an on-line craft class.
The staff has also been helping to work the farmers market. Again, social recommendations are observed. This recent SCOR newsletter has some games, information on staying healthy, fun facts and a recipe. Remember even though the center remains closed for now, you can still enjoy Zoom exercise/dance classes from your home. The Burg Bookies book club also will be Zoom meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2. The topic is "The Silent Patient."
SCOR 2020 membership is $15 a year if you live in Reynoldsburg and $20 if you live elsewhere. Call 614-866-5890 for details. I hope that your summer's own story may be a pleasant one, too.
Vicki Albrecht spent 32 years as a teacher before retiring. She has been a member of SCOR since 2014. SCOR provides this column to ThisWeek Reynoldsburg News.