‘When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me
Bottle of wine.’ When I’m 64 – The Beatles
A milestone when reached is an important part of ones life.
Age and employment status being two.
And two that are pertinent to me today.
I roll over into a new decade of my life today.
I end my career as a teacher and begin a new one as a casual or substitute teacher, depending where in the world you live.
Since my father died a year ago, I have purchased our family home, a house once owned by my great grandparents.
My house is old and has been in my family for close to 100 years.
In my lifetime I have been a parent, a teacher, a writer, a performer.
I enjoy the writing process
I enjoy the thrill of creation.
I have written three musicals and a play, along with numerous performance pieces, taught a myriad of very talented students whom I will miss a lot.
I am father to six amazing children.
I never cease to be in awe of their respective achievements.
Each is an individual; four etched out lives as parents and two are astounding as human beings, successful in their chosen professions and still find time to love me.
They are tied to each other through birth and through an extraordinary love and commitment to one another.
They have in turn produced six grandchildren.
Today is a day to express gratitude,
I have had some experience of that of late.
Changes are about to happen for me
I will have choices like never before.
When you are a parent and your kids are little
Your choices are limited.
I had kids; I didn’t do much else other than that.
So the opportunity to travel is tempting.
Jump out of my comfort zone,
Step into the unknown.
These are the goals I am setting myself.
To all the wonderful friends I have made in WP
Thank you for your support,
Encouragement and tolerance.
Sometimes I don’t take things as seriously as I might
Sometimes I am quietly scathing in my attitude
Sometimes I strive with all my might
To produce work I feel is
Comparable with others.
Many of you are such wonderful writers.
I am very grateful for the acceptance you show towards me
I have always been made to feel welcome in the WP community and I thank you, all of you for that.
To those I have befriended and with whom I email
And on occasion telephone chat
Your friendship is gold to me.
To you to whom I have personally expressed my gratitude
Accepting of me and ever so tolerant
Never do you give me anything other than encouragement and support
Judicious in thought and action
Always every word wrapped with love and compassion.
So far my time in WP has been wonderful and I hope to continue in this way, participating in some of the challenges, exploring my own writing and of late even trying to express myself in a visual form, which I am sure and hope to hell, improves.
Writing is a wonderful occupation, or in my case hobby. I’d like to continue to engage in the intellectual activity that WP affords me.
And yes today is my birthday…no I am not 64……..you are welcome to shower me with cards and letters!!!!!