I took Catherine’s mom out to lunch today. We went to Panera to have a sandwich and some soup. I am amazed how great of an attitude she has. She is approaching 90 years old and acts mentally like she is in her early 20’s. I can only wish that I have as great a mindset as I get old.
Anyway, I started thinking about all this because I was looking in the mirror this morning and thought I saw some of my dad’s face in mine. It was the first time in my life that a thought like that had even crossed my mind. It got me thinking about my father and kind of just kept going.
I just asked my brother and it turns out just last night he figured out that I am older now than my father was when he died. The actual out living day was March 25th, 2014. You can go to the Julian Calculator and figure out the number of actually days you’ve been alive. It takes into account leap days, etc. I’ve been alive for 19825 days today. I’m not sure if that seems like a lot or not. But, I don’t want to die now.
I don’t have a whole lot of regrets in my life, but one is that I wish I didn’t treat my parents as they were old when I was younger. I don’t really feel that old. Not close to as old as I perceived my father to be when he was alive.
Time seems to move differently as I age. To me, a day goes so quickly now. Today was the last day of public school here in Topeka. After Catherine’s mom and I went to lunch, I took her by Dairy Queen to have a Hawaiian Blizzard. There were two kids getting sundaes there. Their father told us it was the first day of summer vacation.
When I was in elementary school, summer break was sooooo long. I remember it being forever and then I’d ask my mom how much longer it was and she said it was only half over. I could cram so much stuff into each and everyday and then do it over and over again. Now the days fly by. I can blow a week in no time at all. I’m not sure why I perceive time so much differently, but it is a fact that I do.
My grandmother lived to 99. If things keep going the way there are, with time accelerating, days are going to be blinks of my eye.