[HONORARY OLDER BLOGGER NOTE: Rana, at Notes From an Eclectic Mind, is having a wonderful time today at my expense. Check it out.]
The notebook has a satisfying heft to it, resting solidly in my hand when I pick it up. The stiff, black covers - as weighty as those of a hardback novel by Salman Rushdie - lend gravitas and the lined pages within are thick and smooth. They take a pen nicely. It looks substantial, this book, suggesting that it might contain important information.
And it does. It is my blog journal, the place where I keep handwritten notes, thoughts and ideas for future entries, questions to be researched, phrases I like that could be useful one day or might spark lengthier thought. It has been with me since Time Goes By was launched, but it is full now and I have purchased an identical new one.
To avoid the clutter and inconvenience of two TGB journals, I have copied over unused items of significance into the new book leaving these random notes that are unlikely to breed full-length blog stories (although it's hard to be certain of that sometimes):
- One day I woke up and the backs of my hands were wrinkly. I didn't see it coming. There seems to have been no transition period.
- Anti-aging proponents and many gerontologists think aging is a disease to be cured rather than a time of life.
- Experience and wisdom can be gained only by getting older. Who decided a cute, young body is more valuable?
- I thought, because I have always had freckled skin, no one would notice when I got age spots. Wrong! Age spots don't look anything like freckles.
- Old people regret not what they did during their lives, but what they did not do.
- When I was young, I thought being old would make me an entirely new and different person, a better person. It didn't.
- Using blogging to accept who you are. You can't lie because over time you will forget what you've said before and trip yourself up. Blogging is an excellent exercise in honestly knowing yourself.
- An 80-year old planting a peach tree, the fruit of which he'll never live to eat. "I've been eating peaches all my life," he said. "I'm just trying to repay a little."
- Culture: the place where society tells stories about itself.
- For one hour a week, West Wing makes me believe that integrity and morality in politics might be possible.
- Either my hearing is becoming keener with age or the world is getting louder. I could stand to acquire a little deafness these days.
- Caregiving of parents: do everything in your power to make it possible to do yourself. The richness of the rewards cannot be calculated.
- "...an old man's impatience at seeing the show come 'round again one too many times. - John LeCarre
- The highest state of human beingness is reached when a person can believe, "My life is not important, but life itself is of unsurpassed importance."
- In June, The New York Times inaugurated a regular column about poker. They still don't have one on aging.
- "There is no pleasure worth foregoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward." - John Mortimer
- Job advice for older people concedes up front that there is probably no place for them in the working world.
- I have always suspected that people who say they would rather die young than get old have never progressed emotionally past teen years when shocking one's elders is a time-honored game. I've always wanted to get old.
- TV commercials for covering gray hair are so commonplace we forget they are telling us that gray in unacceptable.
- Don't forget when dealing with young people: they cannot begin to understand what being old is really like. Be gentle with them when they are being stupid about it.
And now that the sturdy, old journal is emptied out, it can be stored in a drawer with all the other stuff I should probably throw out.