Down the shore, a friend met, and a fresh soul.  

rm_Rico0825 56M
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6/24/2006 3:49 am

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6/24/2006 7:34 pm

Down the shore, a friend met, and a fresh soul.

I went to bed last night at my usual 10:00 PM. Usually for me sleep comes easy. But not last night. I was tossing and turning all night long.

About 3:30AM I woke up, got dressed, got into my car, hopped onto 195, and pointed my car down the shore. 35 minutes later I was sitiing in the rain, on an Asbury Park beach.

For me, when my mind and soul need some cleansing, I know it's time to hit the beach. Doesn't matter if it's a rainy summer night, or the middle of February. There is something about the pounding of the waves and the wind massaging your skin.

I was there all of an hour. But the salty air did the trick. Plus I met this wonderful elderly women. She was taking her early morning walk on the beach.

We got into a converstion. She taught me where the phrase "Shoobie" came from. A Shoobie is what the town folk of all the Jersey Shore towns call the people who visit in the summer. The women, "Sally" told me that comes from the late 1930's to 1950's, when people from the cities, Philadelphia, Trenton, and New York would come down the shore for the day. And many times they would be carrying their lunches and snacks in shoe boxes. Hence the nickname, Shoobie.

But this got me thinking about other things. And primarily, how we Americans treat our senior citizens. It's really disgusting. Because basically, they are disgarded. And when you disgard them, you also disgard all of their knowledge and wisdom.

I don't think there is any other culture than American, that treat their elderly with such disrespect. And it is really shameful.

But anyway, Sally and I traded emails and we are going to be penpals!!! And she already sent me one by the time I got home. And she said she had another mile to walk!!! I hope I'm still moving that well at the age of 82!!! Shit who am I kidding, I can't now!!!LOL

sexyariesgirl 58F

6/24/2006 8:03 am

Ahhh are SO right. We ignore our senior citizens so many times...and they are so full of wonderful memories and so much knowledge. You are truly blessed anytime you spend even a few minutes listening to the memories of someone who has lived a lifetime more than you. HUGGS.....

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