Hummingbirds and Yellow Jackets


By Vicki Scott

My recent cataract surgery was not anything like I thought it would be, and I praise God it went well. Thanks for all your prayers.

This week I should be able to get my life back to the normal chaos that I enjoy. Exercise will resume unless I do something stupid and extend the healing time on my eyes.

We normally have exercise classes at our church on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. On Wednesdays, we help prepare a meal for 120 people for that night. Once a month we have an adult senior luncheon that we call The Gathering of the Hummingbirds.

During my time at George Wallace Senior Center in Glencoe, the Golden Yellow Jackets were the seniors I was passionate about (and still am). In memory of my mother, who did all she could in fighting dementia, I refer to our senior community at Reeltown as The Hummingbirds because we are doing all we can. It is amazing how much of a blessing both groups are to me.

The Gathering of the Hummingbirds was held this past Wednesday so exercise would not convene for that day. We all brought a side dish, and our church brought fried chicken fingers from Elmer’s, a local restaurant. Last month, I made a hummingbird cake and we saved the leftovers were saved for Wednesday. One of our seniors saw a teenager about to eat a slice of my cake, and he told her that it was made from real hummingbirds. The teenager threw it away but said that he enjoyed his slice.

Alan has done the best he could at in helping me take it easy following the surgery. It’s been rough on him, and the rainy and cold weather has not helped. He is ready to break out as if he has been in prison for three weeks. Bless his heart. I told him he could ride his motorcycle or something, but he said it was too cold.

Our pastor hugged me at church last Sunday and said that the church has been quiet during these past few weeks. I intend to change that and expect my hummingbirds to hum in laughter.

Apparently, the hummingbird season is upon us, as two of my seniors have already seen hummingbirds. I have not, of course. One of the senior ladies saw two hummingbirds. She took a picture last year of several hummingbirds using one of her feeders, as I use that photo to advertise our group. When she sent me a recent picture with the two hummingbirds, she told me that last year she bought 80 pounds of sugar for her four feeders. She certainly deserved to see the first hummingbirds!

As The Hummingbirds, we are doing all we can. If this brings noise, chaos and laughter, then let’s get the party started. Bring on the blessings!

If you are in the Glencoe area, try exercise classes at George Wallace Senior Center at 10 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are in the Reeltown area, join us at First Baptist Reeltown.

We’ll save a chair for you!

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