How appropriate to be part of Cee’s Share Your World – Week 10 today. Birthdays aren’t as heartwarming as they were when I was a kid. As kids, we embraced each year. We were counting up towards a vast, unknown, and limitless future. Now, we are counting down. Most of what we were planning to do, either we’ve already done it, or we acknowledge it will have to wait for the next trip around the wheel.
I’m feeling pretty good about life, over all. Bumps in the road … okay some huge bumps … but I’m here. I plan to hang around awhile. Good stuff still lies ahead.
When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles or turn on the flashlight? How many of each do you own?
We’ve been lucky. We haven’t lost power, even during blizzards, for more than a few minutes in several years. People living a few miles away have had outages that lasted weeks. So far, so good. We have flashlights. We don’t use them often and have to check periodically to make sure the batteries haven’t died. When power goes out at night around here, it is very dark. No street lights, no light from other houses. It’s dark as a dungeon — unless there’s a full moon, of course.
We use the flashlights to find the matches and the candles. We have probably more than a dozen scented candles in the living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Older eyes don’t see well in low light … especially not myopic old eyes. My toes appreciate the courtesy of not bashing them into furniture and walls.
The dogs don’t care. It’s all the same to them.
You are given $5,000 and the chance to exchange it for one of two envelopes. One envelope contains $50,000 and one contains $500. Do you make the trade? Why or why not?
I’m not a gambler. $5,000 in the hand beats $50,000 in the bush. Las Vegas wouldn’t make much from me!
What’s your first memory?
It was a cold, pre-dawn morning in New York. I was in my crib. We were in a terrible old tenement in Freeport. I wasn’t talking yet. I started crying for no reason I can remember. Maybe that was the closest I could come to words. I was standing in my crib when my mother came. She picked me up. I stopped crying.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night? Do you count sheep, toss and turn, or get up and try to do something?
Sleep is not easy for me. Ever. I have an iPad on which I listen to audiobooks. When I feel sleep coming on, I bookmark my current place, set the sleep timer for 15 minutes, and drift off. My problem has never been falling asleep. It’s staying asleep. If the committee meeting in my head could recess for a few nights, that would really help!
What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful to have made it to this birthday. It’s been touch and go for the past 13 years. I’m looking forward to a peaceful week — and year — to come. I’ll settle gratefully for uneventful.