Well, I don’t know about any of you, but I am definitely ready for warm weather. And despite the fact that everyone who is an old-time Oklahoman is gonna dispute my next sentence, I’m gonna type it anyway. I am also tired of the rain. But, since I have no authority over either of those things, I am not going to say anything else about the weather.

Well, I don’t know about any of you, but I am definitely ready for warm weather. And despite the fact that everyone who is an old-time Oklahoman is gonna dispute my next sentence, I’m gonna type it anyway. I am also tired of the rain. But, since I have no authority over either of those things, I am not going to say anything else about the weather.

So, on to the topic of the center’s column for this week. First off, I am going to make what you may decide is a really strange suggestion. I would like you to go to the poetry page in this Sunday’s paper and read the poem entitled “The Senior Center” written by Lillian Nicks. Think of it as a sort of a scavenger hunt and you will find it in the same section of the paper that you found this column. Go ahead and read it, I’ll wait…..

Hopefully you read Ms. Nicks’ poem, and perhaps you’ve seen it before, because Kate has it posted on the wall to your right as you come in the second set of doors to the senior center.

Lillian Nicks had been a regular participant at the senior center for some time when she took the time to write her poem. We even know when she wrote the poem because she dated it – Nov. 10, 2003. I don’t know why she wrote it or even why she gave it to the center. In fact I really don’t know much of anything about Ms. Nicks. And that is where I hope someone out there will come to my assistance.

I would like to know more about her. Kate and Marian both remember seeing her come in to the center and participating in some of the activities we had, but they don’t know what happened to her except that both have said that she passed away some time ago.

I’ve checked the phonebooks available for this area; there are no Nicks listed. I’ve asked around and no one can tell me if her family still lives around here or where they might be. So if you know anyone in her family or you are in her family, please give the senior center a call and leave your number so I can call you back and find out more about this remarkable woman.

Now I’m sure you are shaking your head and thinking why is this such a “big deal” to some little old lady from Jersey who now works at the senior center. Well…I’m about to tell you why.

For months now I have been writing about the Shawnee Senior Center. Telling you about the different activities we have, listing them and hoping that you will come to the center and participate in them. If you’re bored at home and tired of watching TV, there are many things that you can join in with others and have a great time here at the center. You can meet and make new friends, be greeted by people who also want to meet others and make new friends. It’s not hard to share a smile or play a game when you spend some time here at the center. And as I said, I’ve been telling you that for quite a while.

And then I came through the double doors and glanced to my right. Poetry! On the wall! Stop, look, read and there it all was. Everything I have been trying to tell you with thousands of words all neatly written and printed in 15 lines on one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. She has it all in there.

I was so impressed and if you read the poem and have ever been in the center, you should be impressed too. Because this little lady saw it all and her poem “The Senior Center” showed just how much she loved being at the center.

I can’t find her and tell her how much her poem meant to me, but I would love to talk with her family. So if you are part of the Nicks family or know one or all of them, please let me know. Telephone number for the center is 878-1528. Ask them to give your number to the Bobbi that writes the column and they will make sure I get it.

I don’t believe I’ve said this before, so I will say it now, I certainly appreciate all who have taken the time to read about the center. I’m happy you read the column, but I think you would be happier if you dropped into the center and see for yourself all the activities you would enjoy if you walk through those double doors.

Our cruise director, Kate Joyce, will be chatting with “Mike in the Morning” on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8:35 a.m. about more of the activities happening at the Shawnee Senior Center, so don’t forget to listen in. You never know what those two will come up with.

And remember, at the center, “Age is just a number.” The Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center” and the website is www.ShawneeSeniors.org.

See you at the center!