Birthdays. They are milestones, aren’t they? When is your birthday? I just had one. I turned 62. I don’t mind if you know my age. It’s just a number. Do you know why? Because I almost died 10 years ago. I have been given 10 extra years so far. So, I celebrate that birthday; not really a birthday but 10 bonus years. I mean, a true gift.
Do you know someone who acts older than he or she is? I have a friend who says she’s old. Do you know what happens to people when they think they are old? They become old; in their actions, how they think and even look. Age is just a number.
So a while back I wrote a column concerning my father. It was about a photograph that was on 60 MINUTES, the day before Memorial Day. They had featured an old Andy Rooney segment from 2005 about Memorial Day. The photograph was of a soldier during WWII. My family believes it was my Dad.
Do you ever hear a phrase that reminds you of somebody? Like something your dad would’ve said? I heard something recently, and I thought, “That is so my dad.” Like my dad used to love to say, “Keep your chin up,” if I was going through something hard. Funny how I’ve used that phrase a lot, especially lately.
Have you noticed how people aren’t talking much to each other anymore? I might be showing my age here, but it’s become blatantly obvious lately. Not long ago, I decided to just start the conversation with people I didn’t know; on the elevator, in the grocery store, wherever. And guess what? That’s all it took. People started talking back.
So it's been a while since I've written. Got a little lost in becoming a new grandmother; the best new chapter ever. Plus Miss Middle got engaged and many months later - married. Joyful occasions, for sure, but busy none the less.