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Winding down and up again

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Well, that was a sustained period of rain. No serious weather this far inland. I have a friend with water in his front yard from the Chesapeake Bay though. I’m just glad it stopped Sunday afternoon even though it was still cloudy.

Someone built a wall. Photo by Mike Hartley

Sundays are a contrast. Winding down from the weekend of fun and relaxing in the morning and afternoon and winding up for work on Sunday night, like a dragster on a cold start taken to the starting line and launching.

This is a strange week. The last of the parents of our family and inlaws has passed. Our sister inlaws father was the remaining member of that generation. Now we are the elder generations in our families. With all of our kids grown and some having started their own families we are the grandparents and maybe someday if we are lucky enough to live a very long life maybe great grandparents.

Seems like yesterday I was leaving high school and now we are less than 2 years away from our graduating class’s 50th anniversary.

Just out of school, trying to decide what to do with my life. And now I’m only months from retirement.

I look up over my computer monitor and see my wife in a photo on our honeymoon. And I sit here over 4+ decades later and think it seems like yesterday that all of life was in front of us.

I looked at the picture of dancing with my daughter when she was maybe 7 and remembered a few weeks ago I was dancing in the basement with her 4-year-old daughter. And the song “Dance the Night Away” comes to mind. Like overnight I’m decades older.

I’m trying to savor each moment of each day. I’m trying to make the best of what I’m capable of and interacting with those special to me. Because time passes fast.

Random Thoughts of the Day

  • A dentist appointment coming up. Doctors appointments coming up. I feel like a convict wanting to escape them.
  • I was disappointed to see more wet weather around today and tomorrow. At least it won’t be continuous.
  • Danger Will Robinson. The tail is about to wag the dog again.
  • The prediction game is underway with what changes at the job there will be.

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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