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An old voice

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I heard from an old childhood friend today. It was great catching up again. We have always stayed in touch but in the last few decades much less frequent. Partly due to careers, families, and health and we didn’t make it the priority we did in the past.

I think both of us had such a good time talking today we will probably both be stepping up our effort to get together. I think I touched him as soon as I picked up the phone. I saw his name and called him by his old nickname. He paused for a second and then said, you are the only friend I have still alive that calls me that. From there much laughter ensued except for the few updates about some more friends passing.

At Hershey Park for The Who concert 20 years ago. Photo by Mike Hartley

One recent death was from his class that just had its 50th high school reunion and whom he had kept in touch with over the years. Another few names that passed were recalled. And I guess at our age life has transitioned to that time of loss. And being alive each day makes you appreciate that fact much more. Do not focus on loss, but live each day.

Today was the day if you were thinking about an outdoor dining adventure. Unless you are into the chill in the air, then the next few days will be right up your alley.

I like outdoor dining myself. Photo by Mike Hartley

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • It’s gratifying to write something about a person and they really appreciate it.
  • It’s gratifying to put my hand on my wife’s side and have her grab it and pull it tightly around her.
  • It’s gratifying to cross some things off my To Do List.
  • Tomorrow is a special day. I hope I’m grateful for the outcome.

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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