Now comes retirement. A small group started going out for monthly lunches. The group of 5 has extended to a group of over 20, or at least that is how many are on the mailing list. We all don't make every lunch and many have dropped out and are members in name only but the core group keeps coming back every month with a few more additions every couple of months.
The core group, many who barely knew each other before, have connected in a strong way. We never talk about Packemin. It is a thing in the distant past for all of us. I can't even tell you what we talk about but the two hours or so goes quickly and it is an event we all look forward to every month. We come away with a warm, tingly feeling inside, brought together by an environment that was not always so nice. As we walked out, many made plans to meet sooner than next luncheon for more individual time together.
I would like to give a special shout out here to Ben's Bay Terrace. They give us plenty of space and time and treat us well. Today we were given plates of their special latkas while we waited for lunch to be served.