Every year when I get all those birthday wishes on Facebook, I feel guilty that I have missed most of your birthdays, that I don’t do Facebook, and now that I haven’t written anything here for months and am slowly losing touch with many people I love.
There have lately been a lot of times when I said to myself, “If I were still Blogging, I would write about this!” Some of my favorite new recipes will never again see the light of day because I didn’t post them to remind myself. The Mary Oliver poems Esther reads at the beginning of Shabbat services will be found only in their original books, not on my Blog. And all those “notes to self” that exist throughout my posts since 2004 have been absent for months now.
So maybe, just maybe, now that I am a card-carrying senior, I will try writing again so I can someday remember what I did at age 65.
My life is boringly the same mix of music, Temple Micah, the homeless shelter, and my precious finicky dog who is not so much a puppy any longer. I exercise regularly, do yoga, see a trainer, and still sometimes rely on not one but two walking sticks if a lot of walking is required.
Family wise, my son is still living at home and not employed to the point where he could move out. My daughter is living in Oakland with her sweet fiancée and they are planning a wedding in the Marin Headlands next August. My husband has launched himself into an Apple-support business so he can pay for all those new releases.
Lately I find myself being nostalgic about many things. I want the stores that used to be in Georgetown 40 years ago to come back. I want my hair to be thick and long again. I want to be able to drink espresso without getting heart palpitations.
But right now mostly I want those senior support calls to cease! It seems like every time the phone rings, it’s someone trying to sell me an identity beeper or something else to support me in my old age. I may be 65, but I don’t have a foot in the grave just yet. And hopefully my Medicare card won’t get a lot of use in the coming year.
I hope to be able to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones this year. Here’s to 2014 and my legitimacy as a SENIOR!