Incremental Aging

On occasion, I do what I say I will or, rather, what I say I want to do. I looked back this morning at my post from a year ago and saw that I spoke about my interest in welding and woodworking and art—activities whose practice results in something tangible, something of value.  I promised I would make decisions about what I would pursue.  I made the decisions, but like almost all, none of them were cast in stone.

Since moving to Hot Springs Village, I have begun pursuing art, pottery, and woodworking. All three activities produce tangible products; thus far, none of them produce attractive products, but they are tangible.  At least I am pursuing things I said I would.  I said I wanted to pursue welding, to continue something I started years ago; that, I have not done.  But maybe I will one day before long.

Today, though, I’ll celebrate my birthday and offer well-wishes to a couple of others who share today’s reason for celebration.  And I’ll finish a book I started reading on Sunday: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami.  With just one hundred pages to go, I can offer the book up as truly engaging, though I have a few questions about the legitimacy of the translation from the original Japanese.

Tonight, we’ll go out to dinner to celebrate; I would prefer Bar-B-Q at a dive, but my wife seems to think birthdays should be a bit more upscale, so we may go to a more upscale place in Hot Springs.  I hope I am able to convince her to go to a place where shorts or jeans and flip-flops or sandals would be appropriate attire.

About John Swinburn

"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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4 Responses to Incremental Aging

  1. Celebrate not just your birthday, but celebrate your life, You embrace it and share it with others so we too can embrace our lives. Listen to your favorite wife now and then, she has the wisdom of a woman who, too, embraces life!

  2. The Instigator General says:

    Happy, happy day to you, sirrah! Tell your favorite wife that I say “Whose birthday is it, anyway?” 🙂

  3. Trisha says:

    Ditto as to what Joyce wrote! Once again, wishing you wonderful birthday, and a delicious dinner, John! ¡¡Viva!!

  4. Joyce says:

    Where ever you go for dinner, what ever you wear – enjoy your birthday! You have the most interesting life, a wonderful wife and many, many friends. You are so fortunate.

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