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  • Getting old isn't so bad. Sometimes the wisdom that comes with age is evident in being asked for council or for opinion on style, especially retro style since we knew it on its first way around. We are especially useful during trivia night at the pub for those classic questions in literature and history... stuff no one knows anymore.

    This old boat, not me, the boat in the photo! was in someone's front yard on Cape Cod, out next to the road for passersby, like us, to see and touch. It's chipped and up on blocks, but can still be a pirate ship for the kids or perches for the birds and a refuge from the elements for the squirrels. It sits on its concrete blocks, nose to nose with the newer, sleeker, made-for-speed boat that most likely is the one taken out on the weekend junkets. Maybe they share their experiences when no one is looking?

    But growing old doesn't mean growing decrepit. Last weekend my grandsons spent an overnight, which they love to do. We build lego castles, made pla-doh fish and arranged them with dinosaurs; we colored, painted, played in the tub with a hundred plastic safari animals, and read books. I am grateful that I could still keep up with them even though my hull is a little chipped and my mast a little, no ... a lot! droopy. There's still a lot of life left in this kayak or canoe or sloop... or am I like the Ernestine that I sailed on in Boston Harbor years ago. I can still hear her ropes rubbing and creaking - a wonderful sound on a boat, not so good coming from the knees, but my life today overflows with the grace being offered to me DESPITE my age...
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