Here it is just a week before Christmas and I’m in the Christmas Spirit and have been for awhile. I know how old I am, as my body reminds me on a daily basis as to that fact. But my mind won’t believe it. As a matter of fact, it rejects the concept of aging outright. I think it’s a good trait, as I have no use being around curmudgeons or sour people they bore me completely.
I was at the American Legion Hall in Olongapo the other day, at 8:30 in the morning to meet with a guy that I needed to conduct business with. The hall had been open for 30 minutes and the beer was flowing and the griping was at full steam. Who needs that before breakfast? I told my friend that we should head over to Mac Do’s and get a coffee and some food and talk. But as Mickey D’s doesn’t sell beer at any time that plan was quashed.
I’m well known to have and enjoy a refreshing adult beverage most days, but even that was way too early for me. One of the guy’s that has know me for years, asked why I never hang around there with them. That was a good question that I didn’t even have a good answer for, or at least one I could say out loud. My answer would have been something like; “I’m way too young to hang around here!” or “I refuse to sit around here waiting to die, I have too much to do today.” So I remained silent and left them to their exciting life.
On Facebook I posted a picture (see below) that said; “If you haven’t grown up by age 50, you don’t have to. And I received some funny comments agreeing with me. But I’ve called it the “Peter Pan Syndrome” For when I was a young boy in the 1950’s and saw Peter Pan on TV I was quite taken with it. Except it stared Mary Martin, a girl playing as a boy. I will admit that confused my tender young brain for a few years, but I figured it out.
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Age is how you think and feel, and not how long you’ve lived. I’ve known people thirty years younger who thought older than I did. They were old before their time, and had never really learned to enjoy life. I for one have never been accused of that!
Once I realized that I was never gonna’ get out of this life alive, I stopped taking it so seriously. That gave me more time to enjoy the life I am living, and see the humor that surrounds us if we take the time to see it.
So as the Christmas Season draws near, please remember it’s all for the kids, and us kids at heart, so embrace it, and then watch the eyes of your children, as they will show us the way to a satisfying life. By the way; never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of the children, they are all 30 feet tall. Try to keep that good feeling that comes with the season with you for the rest of the year. And someday you’ll be as young as me.
As we sit under that mango tree, on a beautiful sunny day with friends and family close by, whether you are sipping an Ice tea or a cold SMB, know that your life has turned out the way you’ve planned, or at best it soon will.
May I wish each and every member of the LiP Family the best Christmas ever, and a brand new year that will exceed all those in the past.
Make a donation to this year’s LiP Christmas Drive!
Side note from MindanaoBob – Would you like to help out with this year’s LiP Christmas Giveaway? Every year we go somewhere in Mindanao and distribute food and gifts to poor people who need it. For the past 4 years or so, the readers of this site have helped by making donations to the Giveaway, which are used to buy food and gifts for distribution. 100% of the money donated is used to purchase these items to give to the poor, there are no administrative costs or anything like that. If you can spare a few dollars, it would be greatly appreciated by me and certainly by those who will receive the help during Christmas. No gift is too small or too large! Any help is appreciated. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to all who are part of the LiP family!
Paul Thompson; Resides in the Philippines, close to Subic Bay. He is married to the wonderful girl named Maria (AKA Mayang). Our to daughters are both grown up and have left the nest, the eldest married to a wonderful guy named Chris, and they have blessed us with our granddaughter Heather Colleen (AKA Ling-ling). Our youngest is living in Singapore, enjoying her life's adventure. I'm a retired Senior Chief from the U.S. Navy after 21 years. Post Navy he lived 7 years in Puerto Rico as a Night Club owner. After Hurricane Hugo told him to find a new line of work, he was hired by Military Sealift Command and went back to sea in Asia as a Merchant Seaman for 10 years. Then after 30 years at sea he buried his anchor in the Philippines residing now in Dinalupihan (or DinBat for short), Roosevelt Bataan where he build his home. And last but not least, anything he writes will be pure "Tongue in Cheek" if anybody is offended, He'll lose no sleep over it, but here's a quick Mea Culpa in advance!