Last night we celebrated my oldest son’s 39th birthday. His wife carefully placed candles on his birthday cake that said “29 Again” which ,of course, gave us all a chuckle. By the way, everybody loved the “Swiss Cake Roll” cake that his wife and daughter made for the occasion; maybe I can get them to post the recipe here on social media…….. https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/chocolate-cake-roll/
As we were celebrating this man’s 39th birthday, my mind was going back to his first birthday: June 17th, 1980, Cater Circle, Perry GA, all four grandparents, our neighbor, Granny Ellis, peeling peaches and making all kinds of delectable peach desserts as they waited arrival of their first born grandson. Labor pains, then rushing off to the hospital, and finally a beautiful new son after four tragic miscarriages and nine months of “double duty” for my wife. We men sure have it easy when it comes to bringing new life into the world!
Just four months later we packed our little family in the Volvo station wagon and headed off to Montreal and Blue Bird Quebec to design and build the first Micro-Bird. It was without a doubt the most fun project of my 30 years at Blue Bird. We left our house and everything in it to the trusting care of Carl Barrett Sr. who rented it for us while we were gone.
This four-month-old son had to sleep in a makeshift bed using the drawer of a chest of drawers until we could find a second hand crib for him. Just a few years later and he was a cowboy packing twin six-shooters with his boots and cowboy hat everywhere we’d let him.
Fast forward a couple more years and I remember, as if it were yesterday, coming home for lunch to him running out to greet me with his exclamation: “Daddy, daddy, I can read”!!! That was the morning the light went on for him that you could put letters together to make words and sentences.
Then he grew to be a church league hockey player and a high school football player even though we were home schooling all of our kids. On to college and then he met and married the most wonderful Canadian bride you can imagine…..the one who made his cake and our dinner last night.
Now, that little cowboy is a trusted business leader, gradually becoming the patriarch of the family, and the co-executor of our estate when we’re gone. Funny how life has its chapters; they all flashed through my mind as well celebrated last night and as I was putting this column together this morning.
And just last week, as I was shuttling his teenage daughter to her dance lessons, she asked me what life was like in the 60’s and then, right out of the blue she asked, “Pop-Pop, what was your favorite age”? I’m not quite sure what she expected for an answer but she seemed a bit surprised when I told her “Right now, Abby! Nanny and I really do love each other, God has given us great health and we love living on the farm and having you kids come visit us”! She gave a little chuckle and then a big “I love you, Pop-Pop”! And you know what, I meant it!
If you still have your health and your spouse, love on them like there’s no tomorrow, because at our age, that will be true sooner rather than later. And in the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying being “29 Again”!
Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!
Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org