The other day, Patricia McMahon threw a party.
She had 5 guests. The youngest was 86 years old.
They started out as the Tuesday Night Club — in 1949. There were 10 women them. Some have moved; others died.
But — 71 years later — what a group they are!
Patricia’s mother, Jeanette McMahon — 89 — was a legal secretary. She’s known Angie Spanoghe — 90 — since they were 5 years old, in grade school.
Angie worked as a manager in South Norwalk. She’s planning a trip to Greece, once this stupid coronavirus has passed. (Patricia volunteered to be her chaperone.)
Mary Toss — 88, and a former legal secretary — was at the party. So was Elenor Bottler, 87, who grew up on Murvon Court by Compo Beach, and was a manager at Kiddytown in Norwalk.
The baby of the group — 86-year-old Judy Lamatta — worked as a secretary at Norwalk Hospital. All 5 retired in their early 80s.
Which gives them time to get together 3 times a week. They have dinner, or watch a movie at someone’s house. Except for Mary, who has vision problems, all still drive.
“These ladies have been in my life forever,” says Patricia. “They mean the world to me.
“I learn from them constantly. Their admiration and respect for each other is intoxicating. Plus, they are hilarious!
“They are fully aware of how unique they are, and the bond they have. They take nothing for granted.”
Let’s not take them for granted, either. To Jeanette, Angie, Mary, Elenor and Judy (and their combined 440 years): May you stay forever young.