Today I have celebrated my 60th birthday well. I was thrilled that the number of people I heard from was more than the number of years I’ve been alive. And my Sweetheart, Denise, took me to Arcosanti, fulfilling a long-time dream of mine, and then shopping for art supplies and then home for spice cake with coffee frosting which she baked especially for the occasion.
On Facebook, in my Notes, I published this:
Now We Are Sixty (early draft)
Ninety years ago, A. A. Milne wrote this, speaking for his son Christopher Robin:
When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three,
I was hardly Me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six, I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.
So here is my Pastiche with Panache:
When I was Ten,
I was full of Yen.
When I was Twenty,
I was full of–Plenty.
When I was Thirty,
I was Down and Dirty.
When I was Forty,
I was Snoring Snorty.
When I was Fifty,
I was Short and Shrifty.
But now I am Sixty, and Liked, Loved, and Friended,
And hope that my Happy abides Never-Ended.
Thank you, all my friends and loves and fellow creatives and family folk and Heroes and kitty-cats and soggy doggies. Life is good!
And since then I have done this ink-wash page for the occasion, criminally clumsy but evidence of my commitment to my good friend in the Great White North, Michel Lamontagne, that I am practicing daily:
And what have sixty years of life on Earth done in the way of wisdom acquisition? Ironically, that the infirmities latter life brings are a distraction to further acquisition of wisdom. –Just trying to be funny there. The Number One bit of wisdom I am SLOWLY acquiring is that the High Road is the best road; by corollary, revenge-based thinking and I-Win-You-Lose action keep us from the life well lived. And just today I saw a video that included wisdom from the late, great Paolo Soleri: NONE of us are Self-Sufficient, though ALL of us may learn to be Self-Reliant.
Thanks for sharing my birthday with me, my Friends!