Letter to the Editor for Nov. 1, 2013

Written by Baker City Herald readers November 01, 2013 07:53 am

Senior Center helps to curb loneliness

My husband and I moved to Baker County, and to our surprise found a community of people who still believed in working for a living, that children come first, and a handshake still means something.

We quickly became involved with different organizations and my dear husband’s love was helping out with the school’s sports programs.

Life was wonderful but things happen and not always to the good. We were both diagnosed with cancer on the same day. I made it but my spouse did not.

Suddenly my lifestyle changed. Decisions had to be made. One of the hardest for me was where to live. Stay in Baker or move closer to my children.

I loved the slower pace of the town and the people who I had become friends with, so Baker City is now my home.

For those of you who have lost a loved one, you know that those empty hours take a toll. I started going to the Community Center for lunch and have felt that this has given me my life back.

The group I eat with is a fun-loving bunch. We laugh, joke and share our stories. We look out for each other and if someone doesn’t show up, calls are made.

All ages are welcome at the Center. Did I mention that the food is great?

Try it out. The only thing you would lose would be the loneliness of sitting at home every day.

Darlene Maher

Baker City