February 3, 2016, Prescott- A deep freeze has visited us, these past two days. I took my students in Chino Valley outside, yesterday. Today, it was a bit colder, and my special needs student stayed inside. It’ll be more like Arizona, tomorrow, and for the next several days. In fact, we’re expecting 65 on Sunday.
This brings me to the notion that some have, about one’s sixties being the start of the Winter of life. I had a wintry start to my sixtieth year, and it did end with the passing of my beloved. Since then, though, and not without her influence, I feel my own Winter is a ways off. For one thing, I am far from ready to stop working. For another, my energy level has not gone down, and no one who really knows me is saying, “Slow down!”
I love helping children find their direction in life, and acquire the skills needed to do that. I treasure being in nature, and trails abound, both here in Arizona, and increasingly, just about anywhere else.
So, what of the road in winter? My own expectations, as previously stated, are that it will filled with wonder and constant learning. I have been warned, by the constantly-hectoring elder generation, to “just wait” until I reach my 80’s and 90’s. Then, I am told, “You’ll see how the cow chews the cabbage.” Maybe so,and if it rolls that way, I’ll deal with it. On the other hand, there are Dick Van Dyke, and Betty White, to show us that the cow not only chews the cabbage, but digests it well and comes back for more.
I wish, for everyone who has embraced their sunset, to have as many days of solid energy as possible, and not to lose sight of a dream. I’d rather take after one of the two above-mentioned entertainers, or Kirk Douglas, seemingly back from death’s door, at least twice, or the late Bob Hope, who joyfully celebrated his centenary, before heading to a new stage.
Dylan Thomas was onto something.