80 Years

Eighty Is Great-y?

I guess it’s obvious I haven’t been doing much here lately. For various reasons I just haven’t had anything to say worth posting.

I just turned 80, so that seems worth a few observations. As is true of every age milestone, there are few, if any, generalizations that can be made. Everyone has their own history and situation.

It looked like lymphoma was going to take me out four years ago, but God used Dr. Jeffrey Thomas and his beautiful assistant, Meredith Staton, to keep me going. They take turns seeing me periodically, and each is able to provide competent and friendly care.

My survival is giving me the opportunity to observe a host of body parts wearing out. Of course, that’s to be expected. The only aspects of deterioration that really bother me are those that decrease or eliminate activities in which I have taken great pleasure through my life.

Occasionally, when I’m feeling sorry for myself, I think of adopting a new “life” Bible verse:
…I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better indeed. Philippians 1:23

Then I reflect on the pleasures I still get out of life. Highest on the list is sharing time with Gail, with whom I will soon celebrate our 60th anniversary.