The Final Chapter

June/19/2022 10:35AM
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A year ago my daughter signed me up for a program that sent me a question to respond to every week. It was a Father’s Day gift. I have dutifully sent 52 weeks of responses. The end game is to put it all together in book form for the family.

I admit I fell behind at times and once while waiting outside the ER while my wife was getting a scan I did some catching up. You can do that in six hours sitting on the floor with a new phone charger recharging your dead phone.

So here we are on Father’s Day a year later. I won’t share 52 chapters but will give you the last chapter. Gives you a flavor for the project.

I am now eighty years old. Father Time chases me every day. I get up with aches where I never knew aches and pains existed. As the great baseball player Satchel Paige once said “don’t look back, they might be gaining on you. “

Leroy Robert “Satchel” Paige was an American professional baseball pitcher who played in Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball. His career spanned five decades and culminated with his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was 59 years old when he pitched in his last major league game. 

I could go on here with pithy maudlin comments about friends and family lost, me facing the end, regrets about things undone, etc. 

But I will end this book with only one thought. A man I play golf with occasionally just played a round with me. We were having lunch and he said this: “I’m 15 years younger and I want to be like you. You are happy 100% of the time and I know no one your age who isn’t unhappy most of the time. “

Age will steal from you and you will find many reasons to rue those losses. You can sit and let that take from you your joy in life. Don’t do that. Be happy for what you have and work hard to keep what you can and be happy in the years you have left.

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  1. Bill Robertson says:

    “Nobody expects to trust his body much after the age of fifty.” – Alexander Hamilton

    “The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.” – T.S. Elliot

    “At fifty, everyone has the face he deserves.” – George Orwell

    “At age 20, we worry about what others think of us… at age 40, we don’t care what they think of us… at age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.” – Ann Landers

    “When I was young, I was called a rugged individualist. When I was in my fifties, I was considered eccentric. Here I am doing and saying the same things I did then, and I’m labeled senile.” – George Burns

    “I complain that the years fly past, but then I look in a mirror and see that very few of them actually got past.” – Robert Brault

    “The important thing to remember is that I’m probably going to forget.” – Unknown

    “As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can’t remember the other two.” – Sir Norman Wisdom

    “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” – Andy Rooney

    “The older I get, the better I used to be.” – Lee Trevino

    “I was thinking about how people seem to read the bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me—they’re cramming for their final exam.”- George Carlin

    “I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.” – Bob Hope

    “All men are the same age.” – Dorothy Parker

    “I don’t do alcohol anymore—I get the same effect just standing up fast.” – Anonymous

    “By the time you’re 80 years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it.” – George Burns

    “Getting older. I used to be able to run a 4-minute mile, bench press 380 pounds, and tell the truth.” – Conan O’Brien

    “I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” – Albert Einstein

    “Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old, it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother that does.” – J. Norman Collie

    “You know you are getting old when everything hurts, and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work.” – Hy Gardner

    “When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old.” – Mark Twain

    “You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.” – Joel Plaskett

    “There’s one advantage to being 102, there’s no peer pressure.” – Dennis Wolfberg

    “I’ve never known a person who lives to be 110 who is remarkable for anything else.” —Josh Billings

    “At my age ‘getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in for.” – Unknown

    “Old age is when you resent the swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated because there are fewer articles to read.” – George Burns

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