After much soul searching and several swigs of raspberry lemon SweetShine from the Bloomery Plantation Distillery, I have come up with three resolutions for the New Year.
Resolution one: Think healthy. Sometimes it is hard to remember that being old AND being healthy is possible. Every television show I enjoy includes ads that target health aids for seniors. Clearly, I am watching the same shows as my aging peeps. Back in my younger days I remember commercials hawking beer, clothing and fast food. Now I am told about drugs to relieve insomnia, incontinence, dry eye, dry mouth, dementia, COPD, diabetes, macular degeneration….the list is endless. The ads usually feature older people laughing and cavorting with their grandchildren. Obviously they cannot hear the disembodied voice warning of side effects like bloody stools, suicidal thoughts, nausea and growing extra limbs. I keep waiting for that giggling grandpa to start foaming at the mouth as he staggers crazily through the yard, spewing liquids from every orifice.
We are often our own worst enemy. When asked “how are you?” it really is okay to reply “I have had some ups and downs but I am doing better now.” I have listened glassy eyed to a friend describe a health episode in such gory detail that I actually feel queasy. Some folks are even posting pictures of medical procedures on Facebook. No, I do NOT want to see your mangled finger before and after 15 stitches,
In 2016, I am going to concentrate on staying healthy and, more importantly, talking healthy
Resolution two: Read ten selections from the Washington Post’s list of 50 best books of 2015. I have already finished Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff. She is a wonderful writer. This is Groff’s description of a husband observing his sleeping wife: “her eyelids were so translucent that he always thought if he looked hard, he could see her dreams pulsing like jellyfish across her brain.”
My description of my husband sleeping would be more succinct. “Roll over!” she yelled, as she jabbed him with her elbow. “You’re snoring!”
Resolution three. Finish visiting all 55 West Virginia county courthouses. So far my husband Ron and I have visited 24. Truth be told, some of the county seats are pretty depressing. Too many towns feature boarded up buildings and vacant storefronts. Bail bondsmen, lawyers and Dollar General stores are all that remain in many downtowns. Yet no matter how depressed the local economy, the courthouse is always well maintained and an obvious source of community pride. I find it very touching that at every courthouse we have visited, someone has always offered to give us a tour and share the history of the building.
The list of New Year resolutions from my younger days usually extended to more than three. I have not gotten more perfect; I just can’t remember long lists anymore. I am sure if I keep watching my favorite television shows, I will discover a drug that would help.