Week 13 – Wednesday

Mary Lu W8D3

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’m exhausted.

12,635 steps.

Bobby and I walked at the mall this morning. I hit the treadmill at the fitness center this afternoon and Jackie, Angela and I took our usual constitutional after dinner.

And I’m further behind Harriett now than I was when I woke up!

She followed up her 14,000 steps yesterday with a 17,000-step effort today. And none of us saw her do it.

“How the devil you getting all those steps?” I asked her.

“I’m active,” she snapped, defensive. “It’s called healthy living.”

Well, I’m skeptical, to say the least. The most exercise Harriett usually gets is prying herself off the sofa for another bowl of cashews. But she’s logged the steps. The proof is on her wrist.

Tomorrow will be clear and cold, so maybe I can bundle up and hike on the nature trail at the foot of the Hickory Hills. That’s a five-mile path, so it could boost my step count.

I know what you’re thinking — a gift card isn’t worth all this work, but it’s not about the prize. It’s about being healthier and more active and… putting Harriett in her damn place. If she wins this thing, she’ll be insufferable. More insufferable than usual, anyway.

I don’t have an update on Doug Bennett. He didn’t show up for work again today and the management doesn’t know where he is. They even had an Orschelin County Sheriff’s deputy drive out to Doug’s farm to check on his welfare. They couldn’t find him.

Jackie and I think he skipped town. She’s been searching her databases for prison records and criminal trials. No luck yet, but we’ve only checked a few states.

The sooner we get that lock on the door, the better.

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.

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