I just got an amazing gift; it was quiet enough, and he was low enough, for me to hear the wings of a turkey vulture, as he circled, looking for a morsel. I heard it, first, before seeing who it was and marveled that these worn out ears that hiss, from years of loud guitar players, could pick up something so subtle. I always tell people to Watch For Signs. Who Dat?
Yes, today is my 70th birthday, and while I am recovering from a war fought in my skin cells, today I feel happy. We get to have a little party, with 1/2 of our kids and 3/5th of our grandchildren, right in our own back yard. The last party was 5 years ago, when I threw myself a Medicare Birthday party, with lots of friends, at our neighbor’s event center, complete with a Country Swing Band It felt like such a milestone that I needed to do something big, to help ease the “pain”. This one feels different and calmer, as I slip into a new way of thinking about life. It reminds me of the Longevity Banquet that we attended, as a young married couple, for a dear friend’s Grandpa. I still have the little red pouch with the lucky coin that was a souvenir from this long, long dinner, where my friend told me to Pace Myself, because there were myriad courses to come. I’ll never forget it or the honor that our friend, Jeff Tom, bestowed upon us, as the only non Chinese folk there.
So, onward to today and all that life has in store fore me, one day at a time. I am a work in progress, looking forward to savoring every day, come what may.