My Life at Sixty-four
Friday, September 23, 2011
On September 29, 2011, it will be one year since I moved into Fox Run with my father, Oliver Hatton, and my new husband, Bill Wilson. I feel extremely fortunate to be here. Every day I love life more; I truly feel that this is the place I am now meant to be.
Fox Run is a city unto itself within the city limits of Novi, Michigan. We have our own Polling Precinct within our complex so we don't even need to go outside to vote in elections. The individual buildings are connected by climate controlled walkways flanked by windows on both sides. There is an in-house bank – Comerica, and even a convenience store with fresh produce, sundries and gifts. There are four restaurants (plus my own well equipped kitchen) to choose from for breakfast, lunch or dinner. We have our own recycling center and resale shop, too. The Medical Center where Dad and I see our wonderful Dr. U and the pharmacy where we fill our RXs is a pleasant indoor walk away. There are opportunities to worship – Catholic, Jewish and nondenominational. The exercise and aquatics center is well equipped with workout choices, and the pool and sauna are well maintained. Bill enjoys the model railroad club room where the members are setting up a multi-scale train layout. The stained glass and wood shop has very high quality equipment – tools to make any man (or, in my case, woman) drool. In addition to a well equipped craft room, our clubhouse also features a library and a state of the art auditorium where we view movies, attend lectures, and enjoy quality entertainment by groups of local, national and even international renown. We even have our own TV station!
The number of events, clubs, classes and opportunities for excursions and travel here at Fox Run is truly mindboggling! I've spent the past year dipping my fingers into many different pots trying to figure out what activities suit me best. I've also attended a few things with Bill that appeal to him; our shared experiences have awakened in me an enjoyment of reading and of classical music - both of which have brought new joys to my life.
I've gotten involved in many activities here that I thoroughly enjoy: singing tenor in the Fox Run Chorus and bass in an alto quartet - the LowTones; playing the D, D#, and E bells in the Fox Run Handbell Choir; writing for the Fox Run Village News; playing water volleyball; doing water aerobics; and working out weekly with a strength trainer. But more and more I am feeling that I need more. I can't just have a lot of fun here with music, water sports and writing; I want to contribute too!
I've given the idea a lot of thought. I believe I've found my service niche at Fox Run – getting involved in continuing health through the resident health and wellness committee. I'm having a wonderful time leading a water aerobics session with a physically impaired gentleman - he's made such heartwarming progress since his stroke! I'd love to do more of that.
Besides the exercise angle, I've always been very interested in the theory that "we are what we eat". A book I have been reading recently, Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Eat to Live, has served to drive that point home. I'd like to spread the word to the whole world, but a good place to start would be Fox Run. Through repeated exposure to nutrient dense foods – whole vegetables and fruits, pure protein foods and 100% wholegrain carbohydrates in moderation - my body has learned to crave those healthy foods over the processed and less healthy choices which are the mainstay of most American’s diets. Instead of preaching my truth, I’m hoping to lead by example and find some people who are interested in walking with me on this journey to optimum health. My goal – to be a centurion here in the year 2047, AND have a lot of healthy company from people I will continue to meet as they move into this Utopia on earth called Fox Run. Come and join us; it’s more affordable than you might imagine!