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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Bucket List


As you may know, I began a Bucket List on November 19, 2012, which just so happened to be my first official day of retirement.  Up until today the only writing on the pad was printed in large letters at the top of the page, and it merely says “Bucket List.”  Today, after a huge amount of deliberation, I will add my first wish.

As a master at the art of procrastination I realize I have put this off way too long.  The time has come to step up and get this list started.  I could say I have been too busy with “make work” projects like taking naps in the middle of the afternoon or figuring the number of cubic yards of snow along the half-mile driveway between our home and the hard-surfaced road, but that is just a procrastinator’s excuse, and God knows I am good with excuses.  Last Friday as The Nancy and I were enjoying the film “Les Miserables,” my mind wondered away from the story and to my Bucket List just at the point in the film where Jean Valjean rescues Cosette from the Thenardiers.  It was here I decided what my first Bucket List entry would be.

The Nancy and I are blessed with six grandchildren between our two families – ages 18 to 6.  While I often make stupid comments about what a pain-in-the-ass grandchildren are, be it known from this day forward I would lay down my life for any of them – ours or someone else’s.  I get a kick out of children, and have often said I could be very happy to be in a pile of two-year olds.  I love kids.

In “Les Miserables” the character Cosette makes her debut at about age six.  The film then jumps to a time in her life when she is perhaps 18 or 19 and falling in love.  I got to thinking about our aging grandchildren and what lay ahead for them; where will they be in ten to twenty years.  As I am about to celebrate having been inhaling and exhaling on this planet for 69 years, I also had to wonder how much longer I might have this opportunity, and I had to wonder how much of what lay in front of them I might get to enjoy.  And at that point, as I mulled over all of this choking back some emotion, I decided what would be the first entry on my list.

1. I want to live long enough to hold of grandchildren’s babies.

So, with that done I can now move onto number two for the list, and at my current pace I should come up with something in the late spring of 2014.

And that is all I have to say about that…