cj: I’m at the Mississippi Book Festival today (Salman Rushdie is one of the presenters) so I’m cheating on the blog content and just posting some thoughts on getting older.
My brother sent me the original of what follows. It seemed apropos that I turn it into a commentary for what goes on in my mind and life. Maybe you can find a nugget in here that gives you writing inspiration.
When I got out of bed this morning, the muscles weren’t all that happy about it. Caused me to think about old age, and I realized there’s a lovely sense of perspective that comes with it. For example:
When people see a cat's litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?” Just once I want to say, "No, it's for company!"
Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency? I think you should write, “An ambulance.”
Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know “why” I look this way. I've traveled a long way and a lot of the roads were not paved.
The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.
Did you ever notice: When you put the two words “The”' and “IRS” together, it spells “Theirs.”
Especially lovely when thinking about aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
And each day that I am lucky enough to grow older, I believe the following prayer will help keep the peace:
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth. Amen
That’s it for this post. Maybe you can turn one of those prompts into a piece of dialogue in a story. I’m sure one will turn up in something of mine.
You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.
Stop by Amazon and pick up copies of DEADLY STAR and CHOOSING CARTER, and I shall be forever grateful.
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