Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
First Work Truck above, Last work truck below.
A day before we left our NC Base, I was in the basement. I caught myself as I simply stared up at the 2x8 floor joists; set exactly 16 inches on center with the spaces filled with Insulation.
I just sat down in one of the chairs and continued to look up, thinking. I am positive that every house Darnell’s Construction built, I drove some nails and lifted walls. I lifted and set many of these joists just a few years ago in ’94-95. I could lift and place a 14 foot 2x8 and then walk those naked joists (and the rafters above) like they were a solid floor; never a thought of falling.
I sat and actually used my fingers to figure that was probably about 20 years ago. Close to the age my sons are now. I wasn’t strong as an ox, but I matched most carpenters, younger or older, in work output.
Now I can’t lift a heavy board without help. AGE still baffles me. Mental and physical AGE is impossible to understand. I am convinced that if a brain doesn’t become demented, it doesn’t age as our skin does. If it is fed the correct nutrients it just keeps on going. So if you are not careful as you age, you will try to do something physically that you have done for years and HURT the body. (Lift something heavy or do a cartwheel)
There must be a small part of this brain God made, that tries to tell the rest of the brain, “We cannot drive this body like we used to, the ‘joints/shocks’ might be wearing out.”
So I am sorta like an old car in which the engine has been well taken care of and given the right amount of cleaning and oiling. If treated correctly the simple old engine will run forever it seems. BUT the suspension, switches, belts, filters, tires, shocks, headlights, drive-shafts, body parts etc will begin to show age, break, rust and wear out.
The engine doesn’t know, it just starts and purrs. The headlights could burn out, the wipers stop, a universal joint or transmission go out. The Engine doesn’t know it, it just keeps on purring but the car doesn't move well.
I sat and thought all this in a few minutes. I then asked my brain don’t you get tired thinking all this stuff? All I heard back was, "NO! Now what else you got on the list? Let’s get to it, you are sitting here doing NOTHING!”
I don’t feel old, but I am TRYING to keep in mind, I am getting there.