Today is my father-in-law's birthday. He has reached an advanced age and is still physically and mentally fit. He and his wife have been married for 60 years. I thought that he would be the one to become infirm, but it is C's mother who is really showing her age.
We took them to lunch today. He really enjoyed the presents, lunch and the cake that the restaurant provided. He and I have been much easier with each other in the past few years. I have learned to keep my mouth shut when he talks politics. We have vastly different political beliefs. But I find some common ground that we can talk about such as boat engines, gardening, movies, books, and cats.
I could choose to argue points on many things but I don't. I realize that he has a mindset that isn't going to change. Life around him would have been untenable if I had spoken up on every point that I disagreed with.
If I get to be his age, I hope that I have his outlook. He isn't thinking about how few years he has left but about what he is going to do today. Just the other day I mentioned to C. that maybe I have 40 good years left. What a self-pitying thing to say. I don't know any of that.
It is clear that I can't foretell what will occur in the future. But to be at an advanced age and still have a good outlook on each day is a remarkable thing. Here's to you, Pop.