For the past 45 years, whenever I’d visit San Francisco, my favorite place to stay was with Rob and Nancy, my brother and sister-in-law. They had a beautiful home in Silicon Valley’s Apple Country (Cupertino), and besides having one of the most idyllic “B’n’B” settings around,
their cooking and hospitality were always superb. 🙂So, you can imagine I was especially sad when I heard they’d sold their home
and moved to a condo in “Rossmoor” (which I’d never heard of before)…until we went to visit a couple of weeks ago! In their mid 70’s but both very vigorous, Nan told me they looked everywhere for a residence where the emphasis is on living, not dying, and they’ve found it! Rossmoor is an award-winning, nationally recognized “active” community
in the Bay area for residents who are 55+. It’s a gated community, so even though there are nearly 10,000 residents in their expansive, 1,800-acre setting, it feels like living in a park…or at a resort! Amenities include two NCGA-rated golf courses, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness complex, six tennis courts, hiking trails, lawn bowling greens, bocce courts, table tennis…and on and on! There are workshops for woodworking, making jewelry, pottery, and all sorts of crafts. There are more cultural opportunities in their music hall and theater
than any one person could possibly attend. There are clubs for ever so many interests—for reading, bridge, photography, etc. (my brother Rob suggested this title for their latest photo gallery collection), and probably anything else you can think of or want to organize!(There was a Bible study going on in one of the rooms the morning we visited.) You can take classes or teach classes, admire paintings or sell your own paintings. I’ve heard the restaurants are good, although there’s also gourmet dining close by in Walnut Creek. Also, if you’re looking for something special that you can’t find “at home,” Rossmoor is only 26 miles east of San Francisco! Finally, the weather is splendid pretty much year around! So, if you’re looking for a place to really live in your retirement, think Rossmoor.
(Definitely beats some of the historic options…) Now, Alan and I doubtless couldn’t afford to live at Rossmoor, and perhaps you couldn’t either, but like Rob and Nancy, I believe we can all choose to put the emphasis on life rather than death, even after we retire. We don’t have to live in gourmet surroundings to live an abundant life! Every community has ample resources and opportunities
for learning, growing, and serving—for living an abundant, fruitful life. I’ve always been inspired by Rob and Nan, and I hope that as Alan and I age, we continue to focus on living active, full lives. After all, isn’t that what God wants for each one of us?? “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1).
(The photos of the geese on the golf course and the deer near the pond were taken at Rossmoor last autumn by my brother. The rest are mine.)