Mary Lu W2D3

Week 13 – Tuesday

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.


You won’t believe what happened.

First of all, Bobby changed his mind — which is rare. He decided to make me happy and go ahead and get that security lock I wanted. But then he said seven words that sent a chill up my spine.

“I’ll have Doug Bennett put it in,” he said, reaching for his iPhone.

Doug, as you’ll recall, is the handyman who had a little freak-out fit when Anna brought up prison on the phone last week. So I think he’s the one who spent 16 years behind bars. He’s the one who made me want a security lock. And now he’s the guy Bobby’s calling to put one in?

It gets weirder.

The office told Bobby that Doug didn’t show up for work today. They can’t even get hold of him. An unplanned, unexplained absence on the heels of Anna’s call?  Creepy, right?

The other weird thing is that they released the rankings after the first day of our MoveTrax challenge. Harriett, of all people, was leading by a lot. She managed to log 14,000 steps yesterday, nearly 3,000 steps more than her closest runner-up.

“That’s impossible,” Bobby said. “Her TV was on all afternoon. It was, like, a ‘Top Chef’ marathon or something.”

Maybe Harriett’s walking in place. Maybe she got up super early to accumulate steps at the fitness center. But she’s built up a pretty big lead in one day — and she’s the last person here that I would expect to do that. She’s usually lazy as dirt. She takes a motorized cart at the market when she’s just going in to buy stamps.

I’ll have to — pardon the pun — step up my game if I want any shot at the gift card. Maybe I can get Bobby to walk with me at the mall tomorrow morning.

More tomorrow,

LuP.S. To catch up on all of my previous Mary Lu at The Vu posts, click here to go back to Day 1.