Monday, July 12, 2010

Turn 70 Act Your Grandchild’s Age.

For the umpteenth time I have been inspired by an article in the Sunday New York Times to write a journal entry. It's hard to believe that Ringo Starr is now 70 years old. He certainly did not look his age when I saw him in concert last week. Next year Bob Dylan and Paul Simon hit the big seven-oh and are still performing. I am hoping there will be big concerts in 2011 to celebrate their birthdays. It's nice to enjoy what you are doing when you are older. Betty White is 88 is is still active in show business. Of course, the older one gets, the more likely it is to have to confront a chronic and debilitating disease.

Here are the lyrics to "Old Friends" written by Paul Simon:

Old friends, old friends sat on their parkbench like bookends
A newspaper blowin' through the grass
Falls on the round toes of the high shoes of the old friends

Old friends, winter companions, the old men
Lost in their overcoats, waiting for the sun
The sounds of the city sifting through trees
Settles like dust on the shoulders of the old friends

Can you imagine us years from today, sharing a parkbench quietly
How terribly strange to be seventy

Old friends, memory brushes the same years, silently sharing the same fears

I have 9 years to go.

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