Retired business people meet

2016-08-31 06:00
Making small talk at the meeting are from left: Merle Metcalf, Shirley Forrester Smith and Fran Lucas. Photo: tania sandberg

Making small talk at the meeting are from left: Merle Metcalf, Shirley Forrester Smith and Fran Lucas. Photo: tania sandberg

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PROBUS, an association for retired or semi-retired business or professional people, held their monthly meeting at Umbogavango Nature Reserve on Friday, 26 August.

Guest speaker, Reverend Peter Butterworth, addressed human nature.

“My life is blessed because of the people I encounter. I often come across people in highly stressful situations and am encouraged by how people manage to handle the situation, and in other instances, one can just chuckle at the pure reality of people,” he said.

Butterworth said one of these stressful situations developed when his advice was sought by someone he called “Uncle Petunia”.

“Uncle Petunia and a lady came to see me and asked me to marry them. I had an idea that not all was in place and asked whether they had sorted out their legal contracts, upon which Uncle Petunia said to his wife-to-be: ‘My darling Petunia, I have sorted out everything.’

“He told me she had accepted [his proposal]. Six months later she came to me and told me he had left with all her money. A while later, Uncle Petunia came to me again with a new lady and asked me to marry them. I took her aside and told her what happened, but she still wanted to get married, but I did not marry them. It is amazing to see what people would do to others.”

Family feuds are the hardest to solve he said, and in one such instance, a mother accused her daughter of stealing her favourite roasting dish, and the fight between her, the daughter and the son lasted for four years.

“After the mother’s funeral, the children discovered the roasting dish in the mother’s kitchen cupboard,” he said.

Looking at inspirational people Butterworth told the story of a woman who was widowed at 50.

“She received many flowers from family and friends, which I discovered she donated to others. In her moment of deepest loss, she was able to share with others,” he said.

He added the story of a woman who made Christmas crackers for a charity.

“The woman collected as many toilet roll holders, but she could only afford one roll of wrapping paper each month, but that did not deter her from making many crackers before Christmas,” he said.

Butterworth recently visited a 93-year-old woman in Mooi Hawens, who had a terrible fall, resulting in many broken bones in her face.

“When I asked her how she was coping, she said: ‘I am so lucky to have these nurses looking after me’.

“When I said: ‘This incident must have shaken you,’ she replied: ‘I am not shaken, there is too much goodness around me.’ I can only hope that at 93 I will have the same grace,” Butterworth said.

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