Invitation to Weekly Game Days with Our Elders at CMC

By Teresa Brooks Black Lens Contributor

Growing up in Spokane, Washington, I found myself far from my biological grandparents, who remained in Arkansas. However, the community in Spokane quickly filled that void, providing me with a network of surrogate grandparents who have been pillars of strength and wisdom throughout my life. These elders, like Rev. Happy Watkins, Rev. RCW Andrews, and Momma Williams, have shaped not only my upbringing but also the lives of countless other children, ensuring our needs were met regardless of where we came from.

In honor of these remarkable individuals and the invaluable role they play in our lives, we have initiated a “Twice a Week Game Day” with our seniors. This initiative is more than just a fun activity; it is a heartfelt effort to foster deeper connections and show our appreciation for the love and support they have given us over the years.

The Importance of Game Day

Game Day is an opportunity to bridge the generational gap and create a space where stories are shared, wisdom is passed down, and laughter abounds. It’s a chance for us to sit down with our seniors, engage in friendly competition, and enjoy each other’s company. The games we play range from classic card games and board games to more modern ones, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Strengthening Connections

For those of us who grew up in Spokane, these elders are more than community members; they are our East Central grandparents. They have been there for us through thick and thin, offering guidance, support, and unconditional love. By spending quality time with them during Game Day, we can show our gratitude and reinforce the bonds that have been forged over the years.

A Sense of Belonging

Our seniors, like Rev. Happy Watkins, Rev. RCW Andrews, and Momma Williams, have always made it their mission to ensure every child in the community feels valued and cared for. They have created a sense of belonging that transcends state lines and biological ties. Through Game Day, we aim to continue this legacy, ensuring that our elders know just how much they mean to us and how integral they are to the fabric of our community.

A Two-Way Street

Game Day is not just about what we can learn from our seniors; it’s also about what we can offer them. Companionship, laughter, and a listening ear are just as important to them as their stories and experiences are to us. This reciprocal relationship enriches both our lives and theirs, creating a nurturing environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

It’s important that we come together for Game Day, not just to play games but to celebrate the unique bond we share with our elders. These moments are a testament to the strength of our community and the deep connections that have been built over the years. By honoring our seniors and spending quality time with them, we ensure that their legacy of love, support, and community continues to thrive in Spokane, Washington.

Please feel free to reach out to us at (509) 557-0179 for more details or to confirm your attendance. We look forward to welcoming you to Game Day with Our Elders at the Carl Maxey Center.