Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Plus ca change.....

Wow, I read my last two posts before looking at the dates they were posted. Things move a lot more slowly than we realize. My wit for one thing. I have not written much on here for a year, and I don't know why. Of course, it doesn't matter much since things don't really change much around here in so short a time. At least some things don't.
     A long time ago, when pen pal ads were free and Gmail had a dating/ friendship service i used to troll for email pals. I could respond to a number of posts asking for friends and I even threw out a few pleas myself. I got a fair number of responses and corresponded with folks from Quebec, Australia, Zimbabwe and the US.    Friends came and went, some lasting years, some only a letter or two. It was fun and educational. What was both striking and kinda sad was what I realized after getting a letter from a long lost pen pal a while back. WHen I wrote her back my letter was very much the same as the last one I had sent her, more than 2 years earlier. I was still working on the houses i was renovating. I was still trying to be a farmer. I was still off into the same bush a few months a year for real work. Those things are what i do for work i suppose and as such they are bound to remain fairly constant. The problem is that I always thought of my life as being full of adventure and freedom. I think perhaps that self employment is a little further from the promised land than i thought.
    More distressing still is the astounding speed at which time flies by as one gets a little older. It is impossible for me to grasp that my eldest is 18 when it was only last summer ( a month or two ago really) that he was 16. The girls are 16 already! Thank God that they are all still children at heart. I cannot imagine what it will be like when I am in my 60's, 70's or 80's! My theory is that ten years for an octogenarian is like 10 days for a 50 year old. Therefor I am unwilling to sacrifice all those things i so dearly love (bacon, cinnamon buns, meat, candy, pop, loose women) in order to live an extra 10 or 20 minutes.