i have had three people ask or suggest I (we) write about our lives. We know our life has been a little different than the average marriage, but exciting or interesting? That is up for grabs. Both of us have enjoyed what we have done, but in my opinion most folk have enjoyed their lives, Life itself is exciting.
If in your mid 70’s you missed being a ‘gymnast’ or a running back for a HS, College or NFL team, you may as well accept the fact that you ain’t gonna make it.
Now in my case, I have decided to write, so at mid 70, I can do that. BUT being honest, I feel inadequate to express myself correctly in the English language, but with the help of my wife and proofers like Bonnie, I can manage. I liked what one of my masons once said when I was building the largest house I had tackled, he said, “Don’t worry, I’ll make you look good, Jack.” And he did.
That brings up a very interesting subject, is it too late for me to take an English course and correct my problem? I somehow think it is never too late to improve your mental capacities, but the physical is a FACT. Less than .00001% of the Old folk will ever run a 5 minute mile much less the 4 minute mile. (% is pulled out of my………guesser)
(Above is Paula and Jean showing off!)
Sherry and I discuss our lives frankly. We both seem to feel we reached our potential in our chosen fields, and are happy.
I know about men like Colonel Sanders, but he and men like him are the exceptions. I admire them, but they are definitely not the norm.
When you reach the 70 mark it is good if you enjoy watching movies or TV. It is better if you have a hobby or enjoy volunteering. In your 70’s I think you can still be productive at a job requiring more mental gymnastics than physical if you are so inclined.
Just today I was talking to friend Don about a lady I was working for who was concerned about an old man who was out in the next yard looking at her fence. So I went out to talk to him. I was surprised to meet Mr. Glen Powell. Standing there in his overalls I talked to one of the local famous multi-millionaires. He had built the subdivision this lady lived in. He told me he had only kept the house where he was, as a rental and was just checking that the fence folk had not encroached. We had a good chat, and I was able to tell the lady she had no worries, Glenn was not there to steal or plunder.
(My absolute favorite picture of present and past)
Concerning the elderly, the younger world only sees ‘OLD PEOPLE’, they do not know you may have been a scientist, doctor or just the sweetest Grandpa or Grandma in the world to someone.
Another Amphibious car, This one from the 1950’s I think.