Mary Lu W11D5

Week 16 – Thursday

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.


The snow finally stopped.

The measurement on The Vu’s back patio was 17 inches, though Al “Tornado” Alley on Channel 7 said he’s received localized reports as high as 20. He was so excited, it was like a little kid at Christmas.

The city’s working to get the streets plowed, but it will take time. The routes in and out of The Vu are considered a priority – just in case — but there’s no point in going out even if you could. Nothing’s open. We couldn’t even find someone able to deliver a pizza.

The Vu’s managers say they’re trying to organize some activities to keep us all from getting too restless. There’s only so much time you can spend reading old books or sitting parked in front of the TV. They’re leaning toward a big Bingo or “Wheel of Fortune” tournament, but they’ll take suggestions.

Harriett suggested a building-wide game of charades, but I hate playing with her. She always picks movies and celebrities that no one remembers.

Whatever they plan for us, it can’t happen too soon.

Bobby’s cabin fever has him pacing the floors. It’s so annoying when he gets like this that I nearly had him go out and shovel the front sidewalks, just so he’d have something to do. The only thing holding me back is that I know shoveling snow is never a great idea for someone his age. Still, Bobby – or any man, for that matter — should be capable of going a week without playing golf.

He reminded me again that if we lived in Hawaii, he could hit the links every single day.

Jackie, who usually doesn’t let a day pass without going to the nature center, library, mall or movie theater, has also been pretty grumpy about being stuck indoors. She’s one of those people who always needs a project. I wish I could give her one.

Then late tonight, it hit me. An idea that might be able to solve everyone’s problems at once. I don’t want to say more until I can work out some of the details, but this could be the best idea I’ve had in years.

I’ll fill you in tomorrow.

More then,

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