Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thinking in the Bathtub, Birthday 47

Follows...some thoughts on my 47th birthday:

  • My life has spanned two centuries. Now, before you think that is old, anyone born before January 1, 2000 can say that.

  • Like James Taylor I can say, “I've seen fire and I've seen rain, I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end, I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend...” You can take it from there.

  • I've had my feet in 15 states not counting, Euphoria, Confusion or Discontent.

  • I have seen both solar and lunar eclipses as well as meteor showers and the tails of two comets.

  • There have been five Popes, ten Presidents and six Archbishops of Canterbury in my lifetime.

  • I've churned butter, picked strawberries, tailed green beans, popped fresh peas and shelled beans. I have also eaten hot tomatoes in the field as the migrant workers ate them at the same time.

  • I have milked both cows and goats, goats are more dangerous and I am lactose sensitive.

  • Though I was young, I know where I was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated and I remember the funeral. (I was watching Popeye and Janie, it happened right after Beanie and Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent.)

  • Again, I was young, but I remember the “I Have A Dream,” speech.

  • I cried in Junior High Geography class while a plane filled with Vietnam POWs deplaned in the United States.

  • I have read East of Eden and loved it and watched East of Eden and hated it.

  • I have held my newborn nephew in the hospital and in a very lame Darth Vader voice said, “Luke, I am not your father.”

  • I have seen each of my two nieces and three nephews come home from the hospital wrapped in the same shawl that I came home in as well as each of my three sisters.

  • There have been tears of joy, sadness, grief, fear and disappointment come from my eyes.

  • I have laughed at jokes, falls, funerals, weddings and family reunions.

  • There have been rants, raves and disbelief in my life, several of them before noon today.

  • I have interrupted my mother while canning peaches. It was August of 1960, I made her go into labor. (As if canning peaches wasn't labor enough.)

  • Peaches are my favorite fruit.

  • I've made friends, lost friends and missed friends.

  • I've read, written, sang, drawn, painted, hand lettered and faux finished. In fact, I like to think that my death will be a faux finish.

  • I've celebrated, lamented, feared and dreaded birthdays, all in the same day.

  • I've had nightmares of playing naked Twister with the Golden Girls.

  • I have lived in hopes of finding someone to share my life with, the search has spanned two centuries. This is when it seems like a really long time.

  • Man has walked on the moon during my tenure here.

  • I've been under the Golden Gate Bridge and avoided Alcatraz.

  • I've been a Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist and always a Christian.

  • I have been witness to first steps and last breaths.

  • I have sat through Gone With The Wind, The Ten Commandments and some really bad sermons.

  • I was vaccinated with a phonograph needle.

  • I've never been on a property owned by Disney, unless you count the mall stores.

  • I own a Mickey Mouse watch.

  • I've been given “truth serum” and gave my opinion on Wellington Boots while under it's influence.

  • I have cranked ice cream.

  • I've owned three bikes, a 1969 Ford Falcon and a 1976 Ford Mustang Anniversary Edition.

  • I have learned this advice from a very dear friend, no longer with us, “Birthdays are a luxury that many cannot afford.”.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don,
I really liked this post. It's fun to take measure and assess. Fun, sometimes scary, but mostly fun.
David

2:54 PM  
Blogger Don Bryant said...

David,
I wrote this entry out on paper while in the bathtub Calgoning on my birthday. The scariest part was that I might drop my paper in the water and have to start over.

Actually, I had a less than stellar day and I did find it helpful to soak and think and write, all at the same time.
Don

5:14 PM  
Blogger Troy said...

Happy birthday Don!

You and I share many church phases, and peaches are my favorite fruit, too! Well, sometimes watermelon is right up there, but peaches are so much more portable.

9:43 AM  
Blogger Don Bryant said...

Troy,
Thank you for the kind birthday wishes. I look back at my list and I think, "you've been around a most unusual trip, and then I realize, anyone could make a list that would be somewhat similar."

Watermelon is good, but it doesn't smell like a beach for have a beard.
Thanks again,
Don

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