Thursday, January 28, 2021


82ND     BIRTHDAY    GUY

Okay!  Great!  So now what?

So here I am, sitting at the dining table, camera looking past me to the street beyond. I passed through the doorway into the  "82 year-old room" two days ago.  

What next?  Who knows?

"Why not run for President four years from now?"   Good idea maybe but nope, not for me.  Although I did run for a state legislative office in Washington State once a few years ago, I lost by a narrow margin to the incumbent. I was the lucky guy. He wasn't, because unfortunately he died in office shortly after the win. Obviously at 82 I'm just too old for politics.

Thus, for me, this 82nd year is a time to lie back and rejoice.  You can see a first attempt at that in the photo below. I'm rejoicing, because so many wonderful friends and relatives wrote, texted or telephoned with messages of love and support. Because my wife prepared such wonderful celebrative meals, and still let me take her out to a Dairy Queen store to buy a "bag-supper" (using a much appreciated birthday gift card)! I'm glad for the M.D. who told me, two days after the birthday, that my minor difficulties in remembering stuff are simply age-related.  What a gift is that! 


 


Interesting to me as a Christian minister that the Bible has so very little to say about birthdays and how they are to be regarded and celebrated. But Christian churches themselves say and do a lot, like lining us birthday celebrants up, singing "Happy Birthday" to us, thanking God for us, praying for them.  And all that's just okay. 

But, beyond all that, a birthday in old age is a time for a thankful heart. Thankfulness for living in an age like this, where reaching 100 years has become the new normal. Thankfulness for medical care.  Thankfulness for friends and family who. . .

support you, 
remember you, 
help you in many ways.  

(Writing this just now, I'm thankful for my daughter, who tipped me on how to move that photo from my phone to my blog!)  

Thanks to all. Thanks be to God.

7 comments:

Lucille Reeck said...

Hi Darrell
Your birthday day was one to celebrate for sure, but the best part is celebrating every day with you.

Lucy

Unknown said...

Great reason to remember your birthday - you are God's gift to us as well as your brother- and sister-in-law. What a blessing you've been to the Wonderly family for many years. Love you bunches, Dr. Darrell! Next year we'll celebrate your birthday and Keith's together once again. Keith & Patti
Loved the photo!

Ann Dolan said...

Hi Darrell (and Lucy),

No, I don't think you'd want the job of President! It would frustrate you no end - you're too nice of a guy! I like you just where you are - my neighbor! Belated Happy Birthday at 82 years young. No wonder I like you - you're an Aquarian (me, too, just a few days after your birthday). Did you know we are said to be progressive, independent, intelligent, unique and idealistic? From my perspective it fits you! Looking forward to seeing you in person!

--Ann

Di Murphy said...

Sharing in the joy of your birthday and the gift of our shared friendship. 🥳

Unknown said...

It sounds like a lovely day indeed. And what excellent news from the doctor on your birthday eve. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead.

Jacovo said...

Hi, Darrell. Thanks for the link to your blog! But sorry to have missed your #82. Oh well, for me at this stage of the journey, I'm looking forward to the next phase. One of these days we'll have a reunion on the other side, and that will be truly unmitigated joyful time, won't it? Anyway, I'g glad you had a good day. Til next time, adios. =Jack

Tom Cummings said...

Happy Birthday Darrell! I hope your day was enjoyable. I am not sure President is your cup of tea, especially since you have touched so many lives over the years as a researcher, teacher and spiritual guide. Carsten Henningsen and I were sharing stories of your influence on our lives and work. In my own case, the course you did with Profs Waldo and Swimme, "Ethics for a Technological Era" and our work with the Trustees on the "Sullivan Principles" set the course for much of my work over the last 40 years. In that course we read the Club of Rome Limits to Growth report and today I am a member of that distinguished group of leaders, preparing a study: Earth-4-All that will update the systems models and host values discussions on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Report. I have also taught for years in South Africa and am dear friends with Mamphele Ramphele, Steve Biko's wife! As your blog posts highlight, stages of life matter. And influencing so many lives at the right moments, in the right way has, in the words of R. Frost, made all the difference. Sorry for all the gushing, but sometimes we need to know that the dots connect up! Cheers, Tom