Concerted: contrived or arranged by agreement; planned or devised together. A concerted effort: done or performed together or in cooperation.
Planning Meeting at the Senior Citizens Center
Has anyone else noticed that it is much harder to make a concerted effort after the age of 65? Plans somehow get skewed, no matter how much harder we try. One person forgets the meeting. Another is ill or merely having an “off day” and can’t get out of the house. Yet another shows up but has forgotten to do the tasks they have agreed to do. Once at the meeting, one or two people can’t hear. Another is dealing with a phone call that has just come in on her cell phone. Two others ignore their calls but either can’t figure out how to turn off their phones or actually don’t hear the drone.
The leader of the meeting keeps forgetting the last word of her sentences, but luckily her friends are accustomed to this and they take turns filling them in for her. When she switches to a power point demonstration, the pictures seem to have turned themselves upside down and the man switching to each new photo has problems coordinating them with the vocal cues.
Several who can’t see move forward to a seat closer to the screen. A man in the front row falls asleep and everyone is distracted watching him as his head bends lower and lower. His next door neighbor wonders at what point she should put an arm out to catch him lest he pitch forward onto the floor.
The meeting seems to go on for longer than usual and at five minute intervals, women work their ways from wherever they are situated in the rows of seats, past the stiff legs of those they must pass on their way to the aisle, trying not to stumble over feet whose owners seem unable to shift them far enough out of the way. Their panicked eyes and the speed with which they move reveal that they have waited a bit too long to begin their journey. This serves as a lesson to several other women who rise and work their way out behind them. As each in the group returns, at least one other audience member stands to work her way out in the same direction. Occasionally, a man just leaves for a short stroll out into the garden. Everyone finds this suspicious.
Neighbors ask neighbors to repeat what was just said. Questions are asked that have already been answered minutes before. Men make suggestions that are widely agreed with, to the chagrin of the women who have made the exact same suggestion earlier in the discussion with no response.
There is a disagreement and one of the participants remembers that it is time to go home to feed her dog. Another person wants to get home before dark. Another has arranged for a taxi that will be there in five minutes.
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