A recent trip to Tuscon, Arizona, brought cool views. Good thing too, otherwise I would have melted from the atrocious heat.
At the Manor, I participated in a Senior Prom.The latest hoopla at the Manor involves Lawrence (93-years old) and Jane (88-years old). Lawrence and Jane are newly coupled.
They spent hours selecting their attire for the prom. Jane purchased new shoes. The details were shared at lunch prior to the prom dinner. All the details, except one.
While at the Senior Prom, this new couple sauntered onto the dance floor. Okay, it was an ultra cautious sauntering, but while on the dance floor they snuggle and nuzzled.
It reminded me of this from 21st Century Science and Health, “The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the benefits of destroying that illusion, has noticeable results. Most of us have met someone considered old, but very much young in mind/body/spirit. These people have been interviewed and questioned. Are they lucky? Is it their genes? Is it the food they eat? Maybe or maybe not, however, they usually always attribute their longevity to a positive and loving attitude.”
Returning to our table for a break after the song, Jane filled us in on the last detail concerning her shoes, saying, “These damn shoes have rubber soles, making it hard to dance.” But, the shoes didn’t ruin the evening, which again made me laugh because the rad event wrapped up at 7:30 p.m., time for bed.
I also visited the Desert Museum. The anomaly of seeing palm trees in the desert didn’t go unnoticed. It wasn’t a mirage or illusion. Bring a little water to the ground and plant a tropical tree, an it can grow. Again from Science and Health, “It is made plain that decrepitude is not according to law, nor is it a necessity of nature, but an illusion. There are many examples of perpetual youth, untouched by time, in the world. These examples furnish a useful hint to the ingenious mind that might work with more certainty than when Bill Gates tapped into instantaneous and seamless communication and commerce around the globe by means of computers, unrestricted by the obstacle of time…Impossibilities never occur. Years don’t make us older. Our convictions manifest on our bodies, so why not have a sprightly conviction?”
 William Henry Gates III, philanthropist, author, and former CEO and current chairman of Microsoft, (1955– )
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My wife’s Grandmother lived to see 106. When she was 93, Julie was over for a visit. She asked her Grandmother what was wrong. Her Grandmother said something that I will never forget. She said, “Honey, my body doesn’t work the way it should. Even though I can’t do very much anymore, inside, I’m still 16.” I was so inspired by this that I wrote a song about it. It’s never over till it’s over, and then it’s never really over then.