When asked about my age, I like to say I'm a member of the first class of baby-boomers and slide over the fact that I turn 70 years old in a few days. In my mind, it's a number that has some sharp edges that can poke your thinking about the future.
I think my family surmised this and arranged a surprise birthday party this weekend. They came from two different states with their families, including three babies and one toddler still in diapers. As I walked into a local craft brewery with my wife, they were sitting just inside the door. My two-year-old grandson came rushing to me and in a daze I looked over and saw everybody.
Here's my situation: For the past several months I've been getting an increasing volume of mail from funeral directors, hearing aid dealers, cemeteries and Medicaid vendors. These have a certain subliminal message that you're getting old and that your clock is running out of ticks.
Having my whole family here really layered these feelings with a strong topping of love. They care for me and care enough to travel a good distance to celebrate and help me live forward, rather than looking over my shoulder.
They are each special:
- My wife Gladys--she has not laughed at me when I see all the numbers on the obituaries that match my age and then wince.
- My daughter Krista--She and her family are in the process of resettling in this country after living and working in Europe for five years. She's an organizer and knows how to help make her dad feel special.
- My son Justin--We have a special father-son relationship that goes back to when he joined this world. He has been consistent in his love and his tolerance for my shakiness in retiring and getting older.
- My son-in-law Adam--he's a victim of my watching the Father Of The Bride too many times. He has been an awesome friend to me and tries to understand and support me as I move into this new season of life.
- My daughter-in-law Lauren--she's an amazing woman who has made our lives more full and loving.
Then there's our grandkids. They have helped us experience and give love in a new way. We can see the future through their eyes and their growth.
I'm looking forward to living forward with this great family that God has given me and my wife.
Thank-you to them for making this rite of passage special.