Jorma’s Birthday Saturday, December 23, 2023
Vanessa asked me, ‘What does it feel like to be 83?’ At this point in my life that’s a complex question. I am aware of the changes in my body that age inflicts. I’m not happy about some of them but all things considered I am doing better than many. My 50’s, 60’s and 70’s were still flights of youthful fancy looking back from the hillside today. Being 80 something requires that one accepts the fact that life is no longer an endless stream of seasons. This is neither morbid nor depressing to me because this memory of seasons affirms the fact that G_d has treated me… and continues to treat me with a gentle hand.
There are things that I can no longer do as well. My body is a still moderately well-functioning collective whose daily aches and pains do not define who I am or who I want to be. Again, I am blessed. The hammer of age has tapped me lightly, but so far I have been able to avoid infirmity. My dance card is still full. I have a list of occasions that I want to fulfill at some but I am aware that the clock is running.
With all of these weighty mini dramas taking place on an ever more frequent timetable, I take a deep breath and my heart fills with joy. As they say in the song, ‘You have to find joy where you can!’ There is still much to be found.
The quest for joy led Vanessa, Izze and I to Columbus, Ohio to Old Henderson Rd. where the great Asian restaurant Akai Hana is to be found some sushi and a sukiyaki dinner later, we headed back down to Athens and home.
It was a delightful day.