Love is whiskers on wheels

South Waikato News - - Front Page - LUKE KIRKEBY

It wasn’t a love of their trusty mo­bil­ity scoot­ers that brought Dave Kennedy and Gwynith Ears­man to­gether.

It was the new fan­gled in­ter­web. The Toko­roa two­some re­cently hooked up on an on­line dat­ing site and the pair haven’t looked back since.

The cou­ple love their scoot­ers and the ca­ma­raderie of the Toko­roa Mo­bil­ity Scooter Friends group.

‘‘I was look­ing around every­where and couldn’t find any­one I liked but I love whiskers so I thought I would click on Dave,’’ Ears­man, who is orig­i­nally from Christchurch, laughed.

Their re­la­tion­ship may seem a lit­tle un­con­ven­tional since they’re both in their mid 70s and nei­ther has the best of health.

Kennedy has di­a­betes and Ears­man has bad knees and three dam­aged discs in her spine - but they don’t let those things hold them back.

‘‘I was sit­ting with two of my [adult] grand­daugh­ters one day and one of them said ‘Gran­dad how come you are not like other grandads?’,’’ Kennedy said.

‘‘So I asked what she meant and she said ‘when we go down to the pub you sit and chat with all our friends like you are one of us whereas a lot of grand­par­ents just sit at home in their arm­chairs watch­ing tele­vi­sion and just say hello or good­bye but you join in our con­ver­sa­tions like you’re the same age’ - and I said ‘why not?’’’ Kennedy laughed.

‘‘When you get to 40, 50 or 60 you still think like a 26-year-old and both of us think we are younger than we are. OK we can’t do a lot of things, but there are still a lot of things we can do.’’

‘‘You have got to have the right at­ti­tude,’’ Ears­man added.

They said hav­ing mo­bil­ity scoot­ers has helped them main­tain that.

‘‘Be­fore I got a scooter I couldn’t walk from here six houses away with­out lean­ing on a fence for a breather but now I get all over the place,’’ Ears­man said.

‘‘Peo­ple shouldn’t think they are too old just be­cause they have a scooter as they open up a whole new world,’’ Kennedy said.

He said mo­bil­ity scoot­ers were be­com­ing more pop­u­lar in Toko­roa and he en­cour­aged oth­ers to join the lo­cal group which meets for lunch at 11.30am at KK Bak­ery on the third Wed­nes­day of each month.

‘‘Stay young and join the club,’’ he said.

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