©2013 Edward C. Lunnon
Monday 27 May 2013: 6 years 8 months on …
It’s been another busy week, with little time to write. And when I’ve had the time, I haven’t had the energy!
So here comes another skeleton, with hopefully the flesh put in at a later stage!
- Mon 20 May – we celebrated Sean’s 21st birthday at the Coachman Steakhouse; party to follow!
- Tue 21 May – visit from Gill (Hospice); haircut with Grant @ front cover: Newton Park; meeting with Mike Halbert (accounts); drinks at VP Tennis Club with the Tuesday Boys’ Tennis Club of Wembley Tennis Club
- Wed 22 May – AlgoaFM; coffee at Bluewaters café; gym; Sean’s u21 rugby at Old Grey; Neil Thomson and Rodger Gilson in Centre Stage’s Simon and Garfunkel Tribute
- Thu 23 May – visit from Isaac; physio with Christelle Smit; Sean’s car at garage
- Fri 24 May – visit from Ben; meeting PeFM
- Sat 25 May – day trip to Grahamstown: Grey vs St Andrews (Phillip)
- Sun 26 May – reunion meeting of our Investment Club at our home
- Mon 27 May – meeting with Sr Gaynor Bishop of the MNDA(Port Elizabeth)
- Tue 28 May – meeting with Sr Gill (Hospice)
About 60 – that’s the meaning of the above title and that’s our ages – give or take a good few years in all our respective cases.
“Our” being Neil and Pam Thomson, Anton and Ingrid Scholtz, Alan and Trish Stapleton and Pera and I.
And our connection being that some 20 years ago we started what we called our Investment Club.
We met once a month on a rotational basis at each couple’s home for a meal, and each couple “invested” R100 into the Club – Pera and I put in R100 each. My duty was to invest the monthly amount of R500 and to grow the money so that at some point in the future (round about now) we would cash in our investments and go on a “world cruise” together!
Two ‘hiccups’ occurred – firstly, each couple produced two more people and the group therefore grew from eight to sixteen people. Our children spoke at school about the Investment Club meetings that they attended on the last Sunday (or whichever it was) of each month! Heaven alone knows what their teachers and friends thought about this!
Secondly, at the end of year two, I think it was, when we saw the balance slowly growing in our investment account, we were tempted to draw the money and go away for a weekend together.
So, after that, we never ever gave the money a chance to grow enough for our world cruise, but we did, on an annual basis – round about Reconciliation Day public holiday in December – cash in the funds and spend a long weekend together.
We visited places like Hog’s Back, Katberg, Keurbooms, Knysna, Blanco, Blue Lagoon, East London, St Francis Bay and wherever the following criteria were met:
No self-catering by the ladies, within close driving distance of Port Elizabeth, activities for the adults and the children, inexpensive (at least within the constraints of our Investment Account balance), etc …
Well, we never would have had enough for that world cruise, but we invested tremendously in our children’s social upbringing and in their readiness for life. They learned to climb mountains, read hotel menus, order “passion fruit and lemonades”, play golf, ride horses, stage theatre productions, play carpet bowls, manage becoming lost and a host of other things that one could add to the list.
We all learned to enjoy friends and family and life and nature and good times together.
In the process, we amassed many happy memories and photographs and stories along the way.
Unfortunately, as the years passed by, and we all got older, it became more and more difficult to co-ordinate our diaries and do things together. So, some eight (?) years ago, we finally called an end to our Investment Club.
But, thanks to the labours of Pera, we managed to have a reunion of the adult members of the Club this past Sunday. Someone suggested that the Investment Club be renamed the Pensioners’ Club!
Needless to say, we reminisced (that which we could remember!) and laughed and ate and drank to Life!
Memories are made of this! (and please correct any of the above-mentioned “facts” that may be incorrect!)