Doug and Janice Godwin are active in U3A Tweed Coast classes.
Doug and Janice Godwin are active in U3A Tweed Coast classes.

LETTER: U3A courses are a real bargain

RETIREMENT in 1989 at age 55 seemed like a good idea - and it was.

I did the usual volunteer stuff,  as well as the recreational things: played tennis, golf, fishing, and read widely. 

Towards the middle and late years of my 70s, the aging joints began to creak a bit.

Mercifully, I discovered University of the Third Age Tweed Coast.

I'm now 82, and have enjoyed over the years classes in life writing, singing for pleasure, and conversational German.

A short stint with the committee brought home to me the realities of the administrative burden that was the infrastructure of what I had taken for granted. I don't any more.

The courses themselves were a wonderful bargain, supported without recompense by the complex organisational wing of enablers.

I "dips me lid" to them, as C.J. Dennis would say.

There was also a huge and unsought bonus for me and for my wife Janice, who teaches Italian language to two keen classes each Wednesday.

That bonus was a growing coterie of friends whom I would never  have  met without this organisation.  

They are among the nicest and most genuine people I've met during a long and (I think) fruitful life.

The learning I've experienced in this warm and unthreatening environment has been a shining example of how rewarding life can be.

And the personal costs for a fiscal year?  In the "good old days" (hah!),  I  spent more money in one morning at the pokie palaces.  Lucky me.

And U3A is much more fun!

Doug Godwin

Banora Point  

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