Winnie (our dog) just turned 4, which translates to 28 in human years. In dog years, I am now between 8 and 9. Winnie is one of those beings who is younger than I am.
The second most active volcano in Washington, Mt. Baker is less than one million years old.
I’m about to turn sixty. It’s funny how the closer I am to 60 the younger it seems.
People who are younger than I am:
• Their parents.
• In some cases, their grandparents.
• Everyone I work with.
• Some of their parents.
• Some people who have died already.
Older than I am:
• Many of our friends, like Bonnie.
• Ken and Phyllis, our neighbors down the street who are in their mid 70s and active and healthy.
• Lynne’s brother, Richard. He is 73, still works full time. He and Viv, his wife went for a good hike with us on Mt. Baker when they visited in the fall.
• Grace and Allen, our good friends from Lexington, who encouraged us to buy our first popup camper, and who are still camping in a popup camper in their early seventies. Allen is still teaching full time.
• My older siblings, Martha, Kit, Doug and Thom, who are 68, 64, 63 and 61 respectively. They are all doing well.
• My mother, who is 94 1/3. Ice cream is a mainstay in her nutritional plan.
I don’t know how much time I have left--one minute or 50 years, but I do think about it.
I suggested to Lynne that we set some goals for our next 20 years. Goals? she said. What for?
So I took a different approach. What do I hope for in the next 40 years?
• That Lynne and I live out our lives together.
• That Winnie stays with us for as long as her tail wags.
• That we build and sustain connections with friends and family.
• That our savings and pensions sustain us free of financial insecurity.
• That we express ourselves artistically.
• That we are good stewards of the earth’s environment.
• That you live out your life with those whom you love.
• That neighborhoods worldwide are peaceful and safe.
• That whatever makes your heart swell stays with you a long long time.
• That you build and sustain connections with friends and family.
• That you are free of financial insecurity.
• That you express yourself, artistically or otherwise.
• That all of us are good stewards of the earth’s environment.
How old are you? What do you hope for?