The beautiful thing about getting older is the view and being able to see both sides of the hill
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
I had just spent two weeks over Christmas with my youngest daughter and for the most part it had been a lovely visit. I hadn't seen her in two years and much of that time she had not been speaking to me, but we had both made a real effort to mend fences, put aside old hurts and grievances and re-define our relationship and I think we both felt better. No, it wouldn't be quite the same relationship we had before, but then in my experience nothing remains the same for an entire lifetime anyway. It seems to that we are always growing and changing, and as we do we invariably do some things that brings censure from at least some of those around us. No perhaps in a perfect world we would all understand that each of us has to follow the path we came here to find, however crazy it might seem -- even to those who love us the most. But then I'm not at all sure there's such a thing as a perfect world anyway. And for those who life in crisp, black and white worlds I think it is probably very hard not to be judgemental, but as for me, I'm convinced that the world is made up of unending shades of gray. Nothing like a cold train station in the middle of the night to start you thinking philosophically.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
- Maya Angelou
"The future depends on what we do in the present."
- Mahatma Gandhi
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He settles into his chair, sitting very straight, looking out the window, Bushy white eyebrows and distinguished, well groomed white beard. He’s the perfect, argus-eyed professor-knight with eyes alert and aglow. Perhaps a pince nez for a final touch, well, maybe that’s a bit too weird, Keeping watch, guarding, protecting me and our small, cozy castle. Men and women, young and old, dogs and cats and birds, friend or foe, None are ignored or given passage without a menacing growl. But as the light fades and the shadows deepen he leaves his post, and with a sigh ruffling his beard, he curls up at my feet as I fall asleep.
I'm interested in almost everything. Use to like to travel, but it's too expensive now. I take Tai Chi classes, swim, volunteer in a Jump-start program for pre-schoolers. I'm an avid reader and like nearly everyone these days I follow politics avidly. I'm a former teacher and Special Projects Coordinator for a Telecommunications company, Assistant to the President of a Japanese silicon wafer manufacturing company. Am now enjoying retirement -- most of the time. I have two daughters, one son-in-law and two sons scattered all over the country. No grandchildren.