This wonderful photo has been sitting on my computer desktop for months. I think I downloaded it from someone’s Facebook post.
I want to be that woman! Actually, I want Les and I to be just like that couple and we are now – sorta, kinda. But I’m betting I’m a little more driven and a little less Driving Miss Daisy. I have a serious case of the old English work ethic – if you are sitting still, you are wasting time. My hubby is a hard worker, but he has always known how to give himself a time out and he is also a really good napper. Watching him ease into Retirement Living is something to behold, really. It’s almost an art form. He just knows how to wring joy out of every moment.
I have so much to learn from this guy, it’s amazing. He lives in the moment. I handle the worry. He takes “cocktail hour” every evening to sit and share the day and reflect on all of the good things that happened. I’m thinking about what I still have left to do or what I need to get done tomorrow. After ten years together, you would think a smart woman like me would stop and smell the Pinot (it is cocktail hour) and see the wisdom in the crazy old guy’s ways.
A dear friend told me the other day that her mom and husband who are well into their 80’s clear a space in their dining room, turn on some big band music, and dance together every evening. They have a cocktail too. I LOVE that! Being in the moment of being in love – at any age. Hell, at every age! How do so many of us forget how important that is?
Clearly, I’ve got some rose-smelling and napping and bridge dancing to do.
I’m working on it.
“You only live once, but when you do it right, that’s all you need.” Mae West