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Too much on the plate

March 29, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
During an extended period out of the office (my health is fine now) I had the opportunity to observe what occurs out there in the world when I am usually in the office behind a computer. Some days I do not get out of the office at all so this respite from work was quite interesting. I know that at age 56 I am considered "just a kid" when I visit stores, banks, the DMV or just about any place at mid-morning. That is when most of our senior citizens are out and about, running their errands, shopping and socializing. Usually by 11 a.m., it is light enough for them to see to drive OK as many have given up night driving, and snow and ice have been dealt with on the roads and sidewalks. We have a very active senior citizen population in the Ohio Valley. They go to morning church services, gather to play cards at various sites, spend time at the libraries and volunteer at schools and soup kitchens. They deliver meals to shut-ins and care for grandchildren while their parents are working. I saw all of this first-hand and it gave me a new appreciation of the "golden years." At restaurants, I have noticed that portions are getting bigger and bigger. Several seniors said that they enjoy taking home leftovers which can help spread their dining budgets over two meals. However, one lady pointed out that she has learned to order off the children's menu because portions are smaller and more in line with what she can eat at one meal. For instance. a child-size hamburger may be a better choice than those huge burgers advertised on the front of the menu. You just have to look on the back of the menu and you will often find items priced and sized for seniors and/or kids. Makes sense if you don't want to eat leftovers or waste food. Bigger is not always better.


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