Wow, how did this happen? My oldest child, our daughter, turned 50 today. The emotions that calls forth brings me to verse:
Time is fleeting, so they say
Another reminder just today,
It passes quickly to be sure
A fact to which I must inure.
Having kids has been so great
No higher joy can I equate,
Rendered by my loving wife
They’ve been the pleasure of my life.
But when did they decide to age
And pass so quickly through each stage.
I never think I’m getting old
Until their birthdays each unfold.
That’s when the frightful truth appears
That that all of us are gaining years.
But I shall not here make complaint
For fear the blessing I might taint.
To my son and daughter both so dear
Whose life passages I gladly cheer,
It’s been a hoot, you’ve made it thus
So each new year becomes a plus.
Al Hood 2019
I understand the How Can This Be…it happened to me in 2018 when my son turned 40 and I also remember my mother saying to me when I turned 50…how can that be …. that her daughter is 50…. and I now get the force of the question she was asking.
On another note, I took for the first time since August of 2012 a two month hiatus from my blog and it felt strange after posting a story every month since then to not write something. But as 2020 approaches and that number (2020) seems so dramatic, I will be back to posting once a month near the end of the month… already have ideas floating in my head for that story.
and Final note–after 8 months of dating Mr. Motorcycle Man, He met my family (son, wife, two grand-kids) over the Thanksgiving holidays… and it went well. They all got along and my grandchildren ages 10 and 7 accepted him and seem to adore him. It is so nice to have a holiday season where there is someone in my life again….
Merry Christmas to you and your family… jfh
Wow, Janet, it was great to get three different comments from you. I will comment back on all three here.
We must be connecting on a psychic level. I was just thinking the other day how I hadn’t heard from you for a while. So good to catch up and especially to hear that your “meet the family” experience was a good one. Motorcycle guy is sounding more and more like a soulmate in your life.
Glad you liked my predictions. Someone has to expose our political scene for the farce that it is!
I am getting pretty handy with the left hand mouse now. I’ll be seeing the doctor tomorrow to see if we can find out what is going on with the nerve numbness in my right hand.
A lot of people identified with the child aging post. Seems to be a lot of it going around. He. he.
Anyway, glad you are back on the airways. Wishing you the most joyous Christmas season and New Year!
You have an amazing talent Al! I am jealous. I always have to laugh at my dad when he seems surprised at how old his kids are and that we are all getting gray. (Well…..some of us are gray already but oh well…..)
Thanks, Faye. I’ll never forget laughing at a friend who had just become a great-grandfather. I said “how does it feel to be a great -grandfather?” He replied, “I kind of like it, but I really feel old when I hear someone refer to my daughter as grandma!”
That would feel odd. I remember the first time my dad was called Grandpa after our oldest was born. The look on Dad’s face was priceless. Now he is a great grandpa to a pile of little ones.
Many thanks, Linda.
Lovely poem, my Bro. Happy Birthday to your daughter. ❤ Time flies… ❤
Thank you, Jane. We should all count the blessings instead of the years.
❤ Yes ❤
Al, there is so much love in this poem ❤
Thanks, Carly. Katie’s mother has been the pearl of our lives.
I enjoyed this and also reel with the shock of how did so many years pass so quickly.
Absolutely, Barb. Where’s Benjamin Button when you really need him?
Ha, I too turned 50 this year and so see this from your kids perspectives. Trust me, we feel old too and cannot believe so many years have gone by!
You two should get together to commiserate. By the way, I’ve always wanted a second daughter. Interested? Apply within!
I’m applying now Al! It would be an honor 🙂
I already know your resume and it’s outstanding! You’re hired. I’ll let you know when we schedule the next family reunion.
Al, Great job, I agree the time passes so quickly. I hope you have a great Christmas.
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Thank you so much, Porter. The best to you and yours for the Christmas season as well. So glad we reconnected via Facebook!
You hit the nail on the head – how did the kids get so old so fast! My eldest turns 50 next spring and the two other kidlings aren’t far behind!
Margy, we will have to start a support group for parents of half-centurions. But instead of a coffee bar, we’ll have a wine fountain.
I LOVE it! My son turned thirty this year. The time continues to fly!
Thanks for the comment, Susie. I dare say, if you keep living the vibrant, “wild” life you do, you’ll never grow old! Have a wonderful day.
That’s the plan!