I never thought I would live this long…and as a famous sports figure said “If I had known..I would have taken better care of my health.” But here I am at another birthday with a zero on the end of it, and like all people who once thought an early death romantic I am begging for another ten years. At this point I am taking better care of my health. Somedays I am actually happy in my life…contentment with things that never contented me when young. A garden, a glass of wine, the friendly lines of poems I have read a hundred times.
My husband is five years younger and excited to reach his 65th birthday. We are in wonder at being together in old age, living Browning’s urging “Grow Old Along With Me, The Best is Yet to be…”
The best before the worst when our sun starts to set and we know there will be no next sunrise.
Meanwhile I live in the Technicolor of a life I never thought I would have. Creative, and loving.