Manziana 3rd Age Course starts
Greetings from Manziana.
October 22nd A quiet life here so far In Manziana. Most of us have arrived, some of the Aussies from Gallipoli, the Lakes district of England or northern France and Belgium where we fought in WW I.
I went shopping this morning, going to a large local supermarket so I didn't have to talk. Earlier I was in another shop, having language problems and a youngish woman came to my aid with a little broken English and ended up driving myself and Pat Thompson to the post office in her beat - up Citroen.
October 25th It's Saturday night here, and tonight we start daylight saving, so another hour's sleep, which I will enjoy. . Today I went fror a walk with Chris Popperwell after lunch; it was a beautiful autumn day here and there is a forest not far away.
Everything has gone well so far. The last two days we have been listening to each other's life stories. It was humbling to hear the stories of such a group of men and to be honest, I am proud to be among them. There was great honesty, and trust in the deep degree of sharing amongst us.
We have a very fine priest from Texas, a Marianist, as a chaplain; His masses so far have been excellent, with short and pertinent homilies.
Tomorrow we are going to Rome for mass and a bar-b-que at the motherhouse. There are two other 3rd age groups having courses at the moment, one for the French speakers, and the other group in Spanish, and this will be our only opportunity to all get together, as one of the groups is about to finish. I was asked to play the organ for the mass so I hope there's nothing tricky about it.I've had to learn a new Sub Tuum which the French brothers sing, but it's not difficult.
We finish at the motherhouse tomorrow at about 3.30 when most of us are coming home by bus, but Barry Lamb has organized a group to go to the opera, a 4.30 pm start of Rigoletto. I've put my name down and four of us are going. I've bought new shoes (can't go to the Rome opera in track shoes!!!) and a tie for the occasion. The tickets were very expensive, but I think we have good seats. But it was too good an opportunity to miss. How often does one get an opportunity to go to the Rome opera!
The food is good and the house easy to live in, and we have some pleasant garden surroundings. Well, I'll say goodnight. God bless.