Generally I discover myself in a conundrum when considering of Sally’s and my circa 16,000 days spent collectively, (pre and put up wedding ceremony), starting within the late Seventies. Above and past our jobs, and time spent being spouses and oldsters, we have discovered time to slot in tenting, historic, amusement, household and buddies, sports activities, concert events, and simply rest holidays to occupy many days, nights, and weeks of our 43 plus years collectively. We have additionally hosted children from different components of the nation, who’ve come to our metropolis for numerous causes, and met their households too, and have tried laborious to roll out the Purple Carpet as greatest we might to make them really feel welcome in our house and group. We have met fantastic individuals who have been in the identical teams with us as our youngsters have been concerned with actions earlier than they grew up and left the nest to start their lives of their jobs, and begin their very own households.
We have been lucky to be concerned with class journeys as chaperones, followers, a trainer and coach, and we have been blessed to have met much more nice individuals who have been additionally on these excursions. We have been concerned with lots of our youngsters’s native college and group actions, which introduced us along with so many different dad and mom who shared the identical causes for being in every of these teams and conditions.
Throughout these a few years and quite a few journeys, we have seen sights, seen household, met new buddies, shared wonderful moments collectively, all leading to many smiles, laughs, typically tears (of pleasure), and lots of wonderful reminiscences. We won’t fathom a guess as to what number of.
Publish-retirement hasn’t but reworked Sally and me into Snowbirds, though winters aren’t enjoyable anymore at our age. We would prefer to strive getting away short-term avoiding a part of the winter chilly, the snow elimination chores, wrapping in blankets, and heating the home. We in all probability will not change into six months north/six months south, and even 9/three, however perhaps a month away after the vacations can be a pleasant break from the frigidity of our space. Till then, we’ll proceed to take mini-trips to concert events, ballgames, and visits to see household.
The VFTB has touched on the subject of this narrative earlier than, however since then, our involvement in actions has grown, and we’ve not appeared to have slowed down. Quite the opposite, we appear to have gotten a little bit extra intense in how we take pleasure in our experiences. As we have aged throughout our years collectively, I usually surprise the way it appears and sounds once we attend sporting occasions, concert events, and so on. We let ourselves go, in our costume, in automobile ornament, and most occasions in voice. We have all the time tried to change into immersed within the exercise with which we’re having fun with, however I typically surprise if, folks have a look at us and ask themselves, when are these fogies going to develop up and act their age?
Having stated that, and displaying my loyalty to being a Jimmy Buffett Parrothead, I revisit lyrics from certainly one of his extra fashionable songs, titled, Rising Older however Not Up, the place he sings:
“I am rising older however not up
My metabolic charge is pleasantly caught
Let these winds of time blow over my head
I might relatively die whereas I am residing than reside whereas I am useless.”
Sally and I are positively rising older, however not rising up, but. It is my hope we by no means will. We love singing alongside at concert events we attend. We have belted out: Margaritaville, Rocket Man, Piano Man, Candy Caroline, Resort California, and Do not Cease Believin’ with the likes of Jimmy Buffett, Elton John, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, quite a few tribute bands now we have heard in Cleveland, on the Floating Stage in Bemus Level, and with reside leisure bands in native Richmond, VA and Nashville, TN taverns. We love cheering/high-fiving when the Guardian Children (previously Indians) come from behind or walk-off to a different victory. We have been very vocal in any respect Jon’s sporting occasions, cheering on any and all of his groups/teammates from his t-ball via school years of enjoying. We have been loud applauders at any/the entire band, orchestra, and/or choral concert events with which Chasy, Chris, and Jon have been related. We have been loud and proud when Jon took his oath to serve and defend. It is secure to say that we do not all the time put decorum earlier than our feelings once we attend sure capabilities and occasions. I am additionally very loud whereas with my fellow Browns Backers of Jamestown, NY at Waddington’s Tavern throughout soccer season.
Level is, anybody considering we do not act our age, and have to develop up, are proper in some circumstances and settings, however I am very pleased we are able to nonetheless, at our ripe previous middle-ages of 69 and ?? (Love ya, Sally), get excited, stand up, sing as loud as we are able to, and revel in ourselves like most individuals of all ages we have met in live performance halls, outside venues, and stadia as we go right here and there having fun with sporting occasions and music applications.
To show my sentiments on this narrative, one want solely learn the phrases tattooed on my left arm, the identical phrases ending the chorus of Jimmy Buffett’s Rising Older however Not Up, “I might relatively die whereas I am residing, than reside whereas I am useless.”