I wrote this a few months ago but never finished it. Today, with The Retired Man out all day and the seat by the computer empty, I decided it was time to write or complete a post. I am staying current with you all on my tablet but my time at my very slow computer has been limited. We, hopefully, will be getting a laptop soon, and I will be able to use it in another part of the house that has not be claimed as his retiring room.
I am winding down and I am doing OK.
My summer days are long past and I am in the later part of autumn. It has its advantages (no more pimples) and I embrace them and accept (mostly) what I cannot change. My leaves have been falling but root rot has not quite taken over yet. I recalculate daily and make choices based on comfort. I still look for joy and fun and laughter because without them, I would lose hope. During my adult life I have taken semi-good care of myself and am glad that those good habits, good genes, and luck have brought me to this age still standing vertical and with some active brain cells. I no longer am a master at trivia, but the things that have always been important to me are still strong in my mind, although it takes longer to retrieve.
I am now, though, rethinking some of my good habits and wondering why I need to keep them up anymore. Time is going by so quickly and I shouldn’t be denying myself any pleasures.
I often go out to lunch with my friends and we ladies, all in our 70's, discuss the calories we are consuming and choose the meals that have less. We then order one dessert and split it between us but always leave the last spoonful. We have done this for 40 years. It made sense when we were young but now that our veins have turned blue and the laws of physics have taken over, it might be time to relax and maybe eat the whole thing. I just might go crazy next time and order my own dessert.
Now that I have gotten to this new age of reason, my mantra will be, "Drink the wine, eat the cake and feel no guilt". I might also get rid of that damn scale.
Since I originally wrote this post, I took my granddaughter to the city where we had lunch on a docked, tall sailing ship. It was lovely and we had a great time. She would not even consider sharing her dessert, so I ordered two. She is only 16, but she is teaching me things.