Welcome to SeniorVu’s daily ‘flash fiction’, with the continuing saga of Mary Lu at the Vu. Mary Lu is a 78-year old fictitious resident of a fictitious senior living community called Hickory Hills View (a.k.a. The Vu). Every night, while her husband Bobby (he’s fictitious too) sleeps next to her, she sends her sister Carolyn (yup, fictitious) an entertaining email updating her on the day. These are her stories. We hope they become as addictive as your morning cup of coffee.
Disclaimer: Even though these stories may sound familiar to your community, the story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this series are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.
I’ve been a nervous wreck all weekend.
Ever since the cloud of suspicion drifted Doug Bennett’s way, I’m gripped with worry that someone with a criminal past has a key to our apartment. And I’m really worried that he’ll figure out we’re the ones who’ve been trying to out him. He has weekends off, so I haven’t seen him. But that almost makes it worse.
I’m not telling Bobby — not yet. When he heard I suspected Ernie, he gave me a deserved tongue-lashing. I won’t bring up my latest suspicions until I know more.
I did ask Bobby to put in one of those security locks on our front door. He doesn’t want to do it because, in an emergency, the people at The Vu wouldn’t be able to get to us.
(That’s kind of the point).
I guess I’ll just be drowning in stress for a while.
The good news is that I’ll be able to put some of my restlessness to good use.
We had a community meeting yesterday where they gave a gift to everyone in the building. It’s a rubber bracelet called a “MoveTrax” and it keeps a record of every step you take. The Vu is encouraging us to be more active in 2018, so they’re holding a contest. The person with the most steps at the end of the week gets a $100 gift card to the Outback Steakhouse.
That seems a little counterproductive, but no one asked me.
Bobby has a plan to win this thing hands down. He said he’ll play 54 holes of golf every day and walk the course instead of using a cart. I pointed out that it’s six degrees outside and he’d better not be out there playing golf.
Angela, Jackie, Noreen and I all plan to take several walks through the building every day to try to boost our totals. I don’t know if I have a shot at winning this, but it would be nice.
P.S. To catch up on all of my previous Mary Lu at The Vu posts, click here to go back to Day 1.