Thursday, February 28

people from way back

Unless you're in denial, you know we're all dying. Yet it's still shocking and unsettling when one of the people you've known all your life jumps to the front of the queue. Now I'm thinking about her several times a day, and fondly. That doesn't help her, but it probably helps me.

The best people are all from way back, and that's partly because they really did make better people back then. I know what you're thinking - it's really just an illusion because I've known these people so well and for so long. But then how do you explain the special old people you meet for first time?

These last few years have been a time of losing people, yet at the same time I've been finding people. Last month I had a really special time with someone I had never actually met before, even though I had seen him across a classroom when I was a boy. This week I kind of stumbled on someone, on YouTube, whom I had met only once, briefly and half a lifetime ago and in heightened circumstances. Now we're catching up in an email flurry.



  1. I am grateful to know I won't live forever. I can't think of a worse fate to be honest.

    People in my life are always dying. I am sad to have been left behind again and again.

    Thinking of a friend fondly is not a bad thing for you. Happy memories can give us a lot of strength.

    I've met some pretty special young people as well. I think you find what you are looking for in the world. Lately I've been looking for nice people and have found many. Point of view has much to do with it.

  2. Hi Nanners. I was taking on my grumpy old man cloak for the purposes of the post. I agree that there are some great younger folk too, many of them all the better for not having been repressed as kids.

    PS I had never thought of it like that before - "sad to have been left behind". Sad, not relieved.

  3. I say!

    There is no justice in life. I cannot think of anyone who less deserved to be bumped to the front of the queue.

    MM III

  4. I spend time as a grumpy old lady from time to time. I think a lot of kids need to be stood in a corner for a good long spell.

  5. Anonners. I'll second that! If only I was in charge of the queue, I could run it properly.

    Nanners. We're balancing up.