A TGB READER STORY: First-Born
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Fabulous hat and delightful show. Can you believe this is the first time I've watched an Alex and Ronnie Show in all the years I've been reading your blog. Shame on me. I especially appreciate the pet discussion near, and losing the connection...and getting it back. It was funny, the timing of it with the conversation. You look great!

You really do look good Ronni, hat or no hat. Thanks again for sharing this with us. So wonderful you could do the pile of kittens thing.

That would be fun to see -- a fashion show of your hats. I'll bet you have some great ones.
Good point about living near hospitals at our age. I moved to the Denver area hoping to finally get the little house in the mountains that I'd always dreamed of. Just as well it didn't happen. Even here in the metro, I am 45 minutes from the cancer center. It would have been at least 2 hours (one way) if I'd lived in the mountains.

Ronni, you look fantastic. Find some huge weird earrings to show off the lovely shape of your head.
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Ronnie, you're beautiful. I knew that, but somehow it's even more obvious without hair! Great show, and lots of bon mots to remember. As a floundering Buddhist (you know, we’re the ones who believe that all any of us really have is this moment, right now), I'm going to adopt Alex's quip as my personal philosophy: “Always buy ripe bananas!”

About pets, one thing older folks might consider if they're physically and financially able is adopting or fostering a senior or geriatric pet. I volunteer for a cat rescue/rehoming agency that focuses largely on older and special needs cats. These beautiful cats are often the first to be surrendered and the last to be adopted at many shelters. Unfortunately, that's especially true for black cats.

My husband and I have two elder black kitties: 18 and 13. We lost a third at 18 Y/O last month. The downside, of course, is that a pet's normal life span is shorter than ours. Even so, there's still a concern about what would happen if we (both in our 80s) die first. We've enrolled our cats in a "Pet Guardian" program which assures that they will not be abandoned and always have care.

Well, Ronnie, you look damned good!

You have a lovely smile, Ronni. I love these talks between you and Alex. Would you tell us how you and Alex continue such a nice friendship? It's refreshing to find a divorced couple who have managed to pull that off.

It's also nice to hear the discussions about living with a terminal disease. My husband is under hospice care with ALS, which brings those conversations close to home.

I saw this on YouTube yesterday and it was a delightful surprise to be able to see it in advance.

I like this hat best of all and still think bald is beautiful. I suppose that wouldn't apply to me because my skull is flat in back, being a baby when mothers put their babies in cribs on their backs.

But your skull is beautiful as are you.

Ronnie, you are adorable! Love watching you two dear friends of mine and thinking how blessed I am to know you!

Wow , you really have a perfectly shaped head! You are beautiful inside and out!

You are badass cool in or out of that hat, Ronni.

"Born to be wild."

:=)

Just now got around to watching this and I loved it! Thanks, Ronni!

Long time reader, first time commenter. As someone posted above, indeed, Ronni, you are a badass, in or out of a hat (and you do have an unusually perfect-shaped head!). Delightful to finally see you in real time. As a 55 year old who thinks quite a bit about the lack of frank discussion about death in this culture, your blog is my refreshing link to honesty. I have all these ideas about how I might handle my end years, but how does one truly know until the situation is upon them? Your energy and attitude is lovely to behold and you are a real inspiration to me. Truly, you are. I hope it helps you to know that you're very important to a lot of folks, and they look to you for insights into the journey. Good and important work you've done with this blog; you're helping pave a way for others yet to come. I'm sending you lots of love, and please know I think of you often. - Elizabeth Conant (TheHillhouseinGreenfield.com)

Good morning, Ronni!
I want to ditto what Elizabeth Rogers said about adopting a senior pet. I worried what would become of my dog, Max, when I died but I lost him a while back. I saw that my local animal rescue/sanctuary had a senior tabby (15+ years and completely declawed) and went to see her. I came home with her and her "sister" since they were a bonded pair and hadn't done well there when they tried to separate them. I don't know if these 2 aging hippies (Harmony and Flower Child) will outlive me or not, but they're weren't having much fun (aging and completely declawed) in a roomful of rambunctious younger cats. It's only been a bit over a year but I think they're starting to warm to me, and the sanctuary will take them back if the need arises.

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