You will forgive me if I seem a trifle maudlin. As is my normal morning preparations for the day, I awoke this morn, got the kiddo's up and moving and went back into our room to dress. As I shower the night before, hair care consists of putting it up in a pony tail and putting on my hat, not much need to primp in front of the mirror. And as my attire is predicated on whatever is on the top of the pile, again, no need to look in the mirror and make sure everything is straight. One of the benefits of knowing "Hey, I'm just gonna get filthy anyway" on this job. But this morning, for some reason, I paused before the bathroom mirror and found myself taking a long look, and I couldn't help but wonder "Who's this old man looking back at me?" Where did all these lines and gray hairs come from. Oh, don't get me wrong, I wont be getting a lift or Botox anytime soon, but it just got me thinking, do I feel alone in this query? I mean when I was growing up I can't tell you how many times I was on the receiving end of "You need to grow up" and "Act your age" speeches. The funny thing is they never say "Grow old" just "Grow up". So what does that mean? I have to be honest, except for the gaining wisdom for things like not touching a hot stove, and the ability to "look before jumping" I really can't see as to where my thought processes have "matured". Is that normal? Should I have different opinions or thoughts now that I am this old? Why don't I feel more mature? And why is it that the passage of time feels different now? From time to time I catch wind of references to the times when I was a kid, now referred to in a vintage or nostalgic way, and yet they still seem so not far removed, as if they occurred just weeks before. Making it hard to reconcile the fact that they happened over thirty years ago. Is time that fleeting? Is it odd for the time I spent as a child and young adult to be so prevalent in my memory, when I find it hard to recollect what I did a week ago? As I said, feeling somewhat nostalgic and maudlin today, please forgive me the dalliance. I would however love to hear from anyone my age or older who may experience the same feelings of disconnect.
Back to life, back to reality...
Kept myself very busy yesterday pumping out some more goodies and made a real dent in the pile of kiddo bikes we have been getting in of late. A few are pic'd below, but any under 20" I don't bother to photog! Today will be more of the same! I REALLY want to clean out bone row!
Well Elijah got the word yesterday, his job fires up Feb 1st as he heads out t his first stop in Georgia. So we will be having going away dinner in his honor. So I'm looking forward to sharing his war stories with y'all!
All right, this old man had best get at it! See ya all REAL soon!