Double upside down hockey sticks….amazing!

Life is certainly full of surprises, not the least of which is my living to the age of 77. I’ve written before about the pathetic lack of longevity for the men in my family. Suffice it to say, I never expected to reach this milestone and certainly not in the relatively good shape in which I find myself. I am truly blessed.

As I contemplate some of the things that have happened in my life, I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

Foremost among them, family. An enduring marriage to a loving wife, two wonderful children and two adorable granddaughters all of whom totally own my heart.

A university education which allowed me to explore the promise of my gifts and blossom into young man.

An opportunity to dutifully serve my country.

A successful career to share with and support those I cherish.

All my extended family and good friends who totally adore me. (Thank you, Bernice, for pointing out this glaring omission on my original post.)

Chances to travel to so many parts of the world, as well as extensively in my home country, the United States of America.

Good health along the way.

And last but not least, a rewarding retirement in an aqua-filled paradise.

According to actuarial tables at the time, a white male born in 1943 had a life expectancy of 63.2 years. So I guess you could say I’ve been playing with house money for well over a decade now.

Like I said…..amazing!

P.S. Anyone want to buy an obsolete hat? I no longer belong to this group.

 

35 thoughts on “Double upside down hockey sticks….amazing!

  1. Happy birthday, and you are indeed fortunate/lucky/blessed to get to that age, not to mention being surrounded by loved ones. Wishing you many more healthy returns.

  2. It was an unexpected and happy moment to be invited upon the lawn of which you sat for your 77th birthday. Lovely to see you and you’re wife looking so well preserved and relaxed. Love being your neighbor, Neighbor.
    Jo

  3. Happy Birthday my friend! Wishing you the very best of health in the coming years, we’d like to have you around for a wee while yet😉💕🎉

  4. Happy Birthday, Al. I pray there are many more for you. As for the hat, well, I’m a NY fan so any team wear from Philly should be tossed..:) Stay well!!!

  5. Happy birthday you wonderful man! And here’s to many more. Life is indeed good. I think having the good positive attitude that you do goes a long way in increasing longevity. And a good sense of humor, which I know you have. Keep it up.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Thank you so much, Patricia. You have been very tolerant of my sense of humor. Not everybody gets me. I’m glad to have met you (cyberly speaking) and enjoy all of your posts immensely. In fact I’m on my way over to read your Monday post. See ya there……

  6. Well done Al – I’m quite certain your lovely wife had something to do with helping you make it to 77. I’m sending you birthday greetings and fond wishes for a wonderful year and many more to come. Hugs from Your slightly older ….slightly older!!!…. and long ago friend. Jeri

    • Thank you, Jeri, and you are so right! As for the age difference. I guess I’ll always be that young whippersnapper, Al to you hmmm….?

  7. Well Al, I gotcha beat by 3 years and holding. I too can count myself as thankful for the life I had and have today. As a friend of my was fond of saying “don’t sweat the petty stuff, and don’t pet the sweaty stuff”. There’s a moral there somewhere.

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