I was thirteen years old in the summer of 1967 when I first heard the Beatles landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. It was most influential on thirteen year old guitar players who picked up their first guitar because of the Beatles only a few years earlier. I loved every song on the album and can still recall thinking to myself after hearing “When I’m Sixty-four”… ‘I’m going to learn that song and play it when I turn sixty-four years old’.
Well, you’ve guessed it you highly astute band of occasional blog readers…. today is my birthday. My sixty-fourth birthday! I’ve been waiting 50 years for this and if you know me, its quite an accomplishment for me to plan something fifty minutes in advance! Accompanying this blog is my version of “When I’m Sixty-four” with just a little West Texas bbq sauce added to give it some Tejas flavor, and all wrapped up in a tastefully done video put together “with a little help from my friend”, my wondrous wife, Marni Ann.
Sixty-four years of life is quite an accomplishment for just about anybody. There was a time that most people’s life expectancy wasn’t near that long. I suppose the most daunting thing about it is, I am now closer to the finish line than the start. I can’t see the line as yet, but I know its there and, in accordance, I’m implementing the turtle’s pace, rather the hare’s, on my inevitable journey to what lies ahead.
As for now, I am officially old… I started drawing social security two years ago and next year I’ll qualify for medicare. Nothing says ‘senior’ more than those two things, but I’m not quite ready for the ‘fogey’ tag just yet. There’s a saying… “you don’t stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing”, and I’ve got a lot of ‘kid’ left in me and I plan to hang on to it!
Life has been good to me so far. I’m blessed with a wonderful family, my amazing canine and feline family, some of the best friends anyone could hope for, and my wondrous wife, who has convinced me its better to ‘breathe’ and take it all in, as well as let it all out. I am SO proud to know I have her to “still need me” and “still feed me”… from sixty-four and beyond.
The one thing for which I am most thankful is that God has blessed me so richly with my heart’s desire… love. I’m surrounded by it, even in those times when I’ve been undeserving. “Who could ask for more”...