Since Autumn has begun to paint the trees various
colors before the leaves fall upon the lawns to be
raked away we have some thoughts. And no, not about
winter being right around the corner.
As someone who is in the Autumn of my life this
time of year has me reflecting on how I’ve done
during my stay on this place we call Earth. There
are those who say after one reaches a certain age
they are no longer useful and believe us a drain
But these people miss the point. They can’t
comprehend a time when schools taught Latin, a
very different form of mathematics, Typing, and
even Driver’s Education with cars that had manual
transmissions. They will not know what it is like
to get a Polio vaccine or say they can remember a
time when Doctor’s offices had ashtrays about.
And there have cloudy days along the way but since
we were not taught to be victims we survived. Some
of us wear the scars that we hide from the public.
Not because we are ashamed, but out of pride. It
made us realize we were stronger than we thought.
They are our reminder that healing doesn’t mean
we were never hurt but that the hurt will no longer
We were born before color TV, computers, FM radio,
cell phones, and many more things that are taken
for granted today. But the things we have seen and
the places we have been could amaze you for hours.
We were let out school when President Kennedy was
shot, watched the moon landing, heard Hanoi Jane
spread propaganda for our enemies, and read of too
much senseless violence.
We drove cars before seat belts were mandatory and
those cars had dashes made of steel not plastic.
Now we have reached a plateau where we have more
miles on us than are left in us, and we’re ok with
that. We have the love of family and friends, our
faith, and not much left to prove.
Some of us tiptoe through life wanting to leave a
unmarked body in the casket. I’ll be among those
who leave sliding backwards, on fire, and say
“What a great ride!”
Comments are always welcome.