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Seniors and Birthdays

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of my body.”

Eubie Blake (on his 100th birthday)

 

     Birthdays are a topic of conversation in our family every year at this time. In our immediate family, we have about a dozen birthdays within a two month time frame. That includes me, my wife, our three sons, and several of our grand kids. Fortunately, while we recognize our birthdays, our family tradition does not call for extravagant celebrations or expensive gifts. As corny as it may sound, we really do try to treat one another well throughout the entire year.

     The fact is, I’ve actually forgotten my birthday a time or two. I do remember the best present I ever received. It was on my thirty-third birthday. We took our boys to my parent’s house and my mother had baked a cake. While we enjoyed our cake and ice cream, my son Michael asked, “Daddy, how old are you?” I quickly replied, “I’m thirty-three.” My mother looked at me and said, “No, you’re thirty-two.” After some quick math (not my best subject), I realized she was right. I had spent all year thinking I was thirty-two, and now I got to be thirty-two for another whole year. It was my best present ever.

     As we grow older, for most of us as our birthdays come and go, our thoughts and concerns are correctly aimed at the well-being of our family and friends. I was reminded of that this week when I had the privilege of spending time with my old Air Force buddy and best friend. He is going through a serious health issue and the love, courage, and faith he and his wife continue to exhibit is remarkable. In the midst of this crisis, he was still able to make me smile and, at times, even laugh.

     None of us knows how many birthdays we will celebrate. What we do know is it’s the relationships we have and the love we share within those relationships that matter. Those are the true gifts.

Special Note

     My wife Trisha was asked to write an article for Delta Living Magazine this month for a special Bride’s Issue. She provided some great packing tips that I believe can be useful for all travelers, including seniors. Here is the link:

http://www.deltalivingmagazine.com

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