A Lesson In Humility at Age 58
27 May 2010
Dave/ Sunny and 82 Degrees
It wasn't that long ago I was looking back at where I have been, where I am now, and where I want to be. And it's the future that did not look so peachy. I have always had the dream of sailing away to the Islands but somewhere deep down I knew it was just a dream, until not long ago!
Who says life ends upon retirement or the death of a loved one.
I thought I have learned a lot throughout my life and did not think I could learn much more. I have seen more than the average person. I did not think there was much left out there waiting for me.
Then along comes my mother. She is still teaching me the meaning of life and how to handle its' disasters and how to push on and live a full, filling life at the ripe young age of eighty.
Now to get things in perspective, this is a women that has lost her husband of almost forty years, has had open heart surgery with several by-passes, and her youngest son (not me my brother) just had four heart stints installed all in the last couple of years.
Now I really do believe I am a good son. I call her every week and go down to Texas at least once a year for a visit. And she still tells me I need to do more. On the last trip to Texas Mary and I went out with Mom for a country western dance night out. I can tell you this, that heart of hers is working just fine thank you. You should see her line dance! I can't tell you the number of times she flew around that floor.
Then in April of this year she pulled a surprise visit to Mary's place here in Maryland. Her and her new boyfriend Eddie drove all the way from Texas. That is a feat in itself since just looking at rolling hills or water, she gets motion sick and I mean sick!
And a boyfriend! WOW! How was I going to handle this. I loved my father very much how am I going to handle seeing her with another man?
I meet Eddie and really did like him.
Then the day they were to leave she sat down next to me and started to talk about how life was good to her and that she really enjoyed being with Eddie and she was going to move in with him. POW! The wake up punch! She did not ask for permission, did not ask what I thought, she just did. That's when it hit me. Here I am worrying about retirement and what's going to happen to the rest of my life and here is a women, whom just happens to be my mom, living her life to the fullest and loving every minute of it, and being eighty has no bearings on the outcome. So heres' to you mom, still teaching your son the meaning of life and how to live you dreams. You know what, Mary's and My dream of sailing away into the sunset, and our four year plan seams a little closer to reality right now....we are going to make it to the Islands! How can I not, I come from a good blood line.