On March 29, I walked in to work expecting the same routine. However, this day was different.
I work at a senior living community, with many who are living with Alzheimer’s and/or other related dementias, and the coverage of Fresno High School’s Senate Club 125th anniversary had a significant impact on one person in particular.
As I arrived, I was approached by a resident who was giddy, confident and eager to show me something. I accompanied him back to his suite, where he skipped to his coffee table. He was actually walking, but there was a new pep in his step. He showed me the article and said, “This is me; I was a part of this.”
I soon found myself entangled in history. He explained how, in 1942, he was a member of the Senate Club, detailed the club’s history and regulations, and how that year’s topics involved aspects of World War II. He explained how members of the Senate Club were the “campus elite,” and many walked around knowing it.
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On this day, you made a former senator feel strong and meaningful again. Thanks for helping those who are forgetting, remember they are not forgotten.