I'm finding out that getting older is no fun. About three or four months ago I went to the Optometrist because I wasn't seeing too well, even with my glasses. I found out that my left eye had gotten much worse since my last exam. It went from a +.50 to a -1.50 what ever that means. I think it's a lot. He told me I was getting a new cataract and I said "Great! I've always wanted a new Cadillac, but what are you, a physic? How do you know I'm getting a new Cadillac" and he said "No, I said cataract.". I said "I'm not old enough to be getting a cataract!" and he said "You must be cause you've got one forming." He told me then that I could probably go another few years before I would have to have it removed. Well,,,,,, after three months, three new pairs of glasses with the new prescription and two new pairs of prescription sunglasses, I go back because I can see better far off without my glasses than I can with them. Now he tells me that the vision in my left eye is a lot worse than it was three months ago and that the cataract has progressed a lot faster than he thought it would and it's ready to come off. It's a good thing Mel is an Optician and I get a discount on all of those glasses or I'd be really mad instead of just a little perturbed (is that a word???). At this point in time I haven't decided what I'm going to do or when I'm going to do it. It may be that I let it go for a while and get me one of those cool looking black patches to go over my left eye, the kind that gives you that mysterious look. Who knows??? What I do know is that getting older sucks but it does beat the alternative.
I'm older than God's dog, or at least I feel like it sometimes. I've lived most of my life in God's little acre called Startex and the rest of my life within 6 or 7 miles of it. I'm married to my soulmate who was my highschool sweetheart and have been for might near 33.5 years. We don't argue but we do have some intense moments of fellowship on rare occasions. We have four beautiful children who aren't children anymore, two of our own and two who ours are married to that we consider ours. We also have three beautiful grandchildren who still are children. They love their Grandaddy and Mimi and that makes us happier than pigs in mud.
I'm a volunteer firefighter and have been for 34 years. I've been Assistant Chief since 1993 so I don't do much actual firefighting anymore. That's for the younger guys.
I sing in the church choir and sometimes in a quartet consisting of me, my son, my daughter and my son-in-law.