Fandango’s Provocative Question #31

Thirty-one is one of my “lucky numbers.” I’ve lived in houses numbered 31 twice, won prizes for number 31 (a TV and a long weekend in New York city including a visit to the (then) brand new Yankee Stadium) and more.

I don’t have a follow-up to this comment. That’s the whole story.

Recently we’ve been watching that 15-year-old tennis whiz kid. I got to thinking: “What if you are the biggest and best at whatever you do when you are 14 or 15? When you are the best tennis player ever especially if you are merely 15, or you are the best baton twirler on earth at 14? Where do you go after that? Is it all downhill?”

This question first occurred to me when I watched the baton twirler on television maybe ten years ago and I was thinking “This is her peak moment and it’s all downhill from here.”

I suspect this may be part of the problem with child stars. They grow up. Their best years are behind them and a lot of them don’t work much after they complete their teen years.

I don’t think I’ve had a peak year yet. Maybe I never will. I’ve had great moments. I’ve had joyful moments, little thrilling times. I’ve had a couple of really great years, breathtaking visual and emotional moments … but nothing I would call “the peak.”

I’m not sure there will be a peak. Good years, bad years, terrific years, historic years … but peak? Life is a series of peaks and valleys, dips and mountains.

That’s fine with me.

11 thoughts on “PEAK PROVOCATIVE QUESTION #31 – Marilyn Armstrong

  1. I love these questions because of the diversity of the answers. Marilyn is absolutely right in her last paragraph and sentence. Because what would the successes mean if there were no failures? Would they even matter?


    • I suspect my failure have had more to do with my willingness to plod on in life the successes. Success makes you want to loll back in the comfy chair, but failure makes you sit up and plan what you will do next. At least that’s the way it works for some of us.


  2. I agree with Marilyn, for the most part I’ve lived a pretty ‘even’ life, not a lot of speed bumps, and beyond being still married after 51 years (and that may be a bonus prize), it’s been a series of events, some good, some bad. But nothing stands out that I can write about as being a life changer. Probably just as well. =)

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    • I’ve had some definitely better than average times, but I don’t think I’ve hit my peak yet. The best still is waiting for me. I hope it shows up very soon, though! 29 years of marriage when you start at age 43 and 48 respectively ain’t bad either 🙂


  3. 31 is not my lucky number, but I do remember my 31st year to have been a very good one. These days, waking up in the morning with no aches or pains is always a highlight. How are you and Garry doing with you tummy troubles?

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    • I’m still trying to drink some coffee, but right now, it’s not very attractive. I did get to eat some toast. Garry is eating mostly rice and bananas. I tried yoghurt, but that didn’t work out well either. And we are both really tired. But overall, better today than yesterday and slowly, better. I think the older we get, the longer it takes to recover from something simple. This isn’t a big deal disease, but our bodies are taking their own time about it. I’m deeply grateful to rice! Poor dogs aren’t getting ANY leftovers!

      Garry really IS suffering from the “neener, neener” effect. He was actually bragging about how he didn’t have it when everyone else did — and that’s when he realized he was very queasy and wanted to go home. Now. And not leave again. Never ever brag about not getting sick. It’s like bragging how well your team is playing. Bad joss.

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