Gordon – his name is going round and round in my head! Why can’t he leave matters alone? Why does he want to get involved? So many questions and without a single decent answer!
The man has only been here five minutes and he already wants to change things. There is a huge poster pinned up in reception which loudly proclaims –
Our Talent Competition – wonderful prizes and free raffle tickets for everyone who attends. Whatever your talent is, our residents want to know about it. Show us your wonderful dancing or singing. Perhaps you are a magician – if so, show us your tricks!
Another Poster announced –
Bingo for One and All – enjoy your bingo session while you have free coffee and biscuits. Yet another poster stated – Watercolours for Beginners – everyone welcome. Materials provided – come and learn from the Masters.
The final poster in the group asked for Singers to join the newly-formed Choir. In slightly smaller print below it asked if anyone could play the piano to audition for the position of accompanist. I don’t think he has realised that he will need a choir master too.
Now, my dears, you know that I’m not a person to grumble about things, and I always see the good in everyone, but this has FAILURE written all over it in very large letters. What on earth can Gordon be thinking of – all of these activities he’s suggesting will take a good deal of organising – and some of them will also require a great amount of talent. One thing that does concern me greatly is that there is no mention of who will be running these sessions.
Perhaps Gordon has a raft of qualified people waiting in the wings, ready to take centre stage. On the other hand, if he hasn’t, what is he planning to do? We are not living in a community centre – this is a private retirement complex and everyone who lives here is at least sixty years old. From what I’ve heard from folk wandering up and down the corridors there doesn’t appear to be anyone who can hold a tune. As for a Talent Contest – I really don’t think that it will appeal to folk. Where will they rehearse? Perhaps Gordon is hoping to find victims for his choir! At least he’s not planning on having a group called skate-boarding for the elderly!
I’m certainly not going to get involved in any way. I don’t think Mrs. M or Mr. S will be interested either – and as for Bingo – well the usual suspects already have a session every week which is after they’ve had their fish and chip supper on a Friday evening.
Where are all these activities going to be held? We have a residents’ lounge which is supposed to be available for everyone. If Gordon plans on using that room – and it is the only option – where does everyone else go if they had arranged to meet their friends there at that same time? I suppose the room could be sub-divided with screens, but the noise will still travel through and it won’t be a relaxing experience for anyone in the lounge.
It’s just crossed my mind that perhaps Gordon wanted to discuss these new groups and activities with me. I don’t know why he would, but perhaps that’s the reason he’s been trying to have a conversation with me. There again, if that was the case he could have had a word on any of the occasions when our paths crossed.
I really don’t like the way this is going. Some retirement complexes have activities laid on for any residents who are interested, but there are separate rooms available for this, and qualified staff to run them. It seems to be a blatant attempt by Gordon to show that he’s trying to appeal to all the residents. When people move into these flats they know that it doesn’t have organised entertainment. The highlight on that front is a coffee morning every fortnight.
I will attempt to find out the whys and wherefores before I speak to you again. I hope you can understand why I have a problem with these new suggestions. Oh well, my dears I will find out and let you know as soon as possible. As Always –
With Love – Jan xx