August 10, 2011

Reflections Upon A Pending Birthday....

Sorry...Miss Piggy, David Hayes, 2011

In two days time I will be 58 years old. It's hard to believe...why I was just a three year old running around the backyard naked just yesterday. (Try that now and I wouldn't be spending my birthday at home!) I'm not sure how I feel about this birthday. It's not my 50th nor is it my 60th. My grandmother will turn 100 this September...that makes me feel younger...and older...

While I was teaching, my birthday always made me sad...not because I was a year older...and my new students would still be 9 or 10...but my birthday always seem to fall a week before the start of a new school year. So I'd try to be of cheer that day...knowing that the next day I needed to start opening my classroom for the new year. Not this year!! I'm retired! In fact I might just have another beer Friday night to honor that thought...

Every summer I go through the usual annual checkups. Just went through this last week. Nothing terribly wrong...just a year older...but my doctor wants me to cut way back on my carbs & sugars...and lose some weight. So much for the metabolism I used to have! And we noticed that my eye sight is getting "older" as well. I'm sure this will be confirmed when I go see my optometrist at the end of this month. I've been wearing glasses for years and each year...a little more goes...

I renewed my driver's license on Monday...quick and painless except the picture taking. I looked at my new picture and wondered who that old guy was. The young lady behind the counter kept calling me "sir"...no flirt in it. Maybe she was just having a bad day...

My daughters are young adults now, both wanting the comfort and security of home....but not my advice. I suppose I was the same way when I was their age...it's a good thing they're this way....but still...

I was at the local mall on Tuesday picking up an early birthday present to myself...an iPad! A boy with a new toy...that's me!!! As I was walking down the mall after picking this up at the Apple store, I noticed a very attractive young woman look at me and then break into a big smile. At first I thought she was giving that smile to someone behind me...but then she made her way over to me and greeted me with a big hello! It turns out she was a former student of mine from when I first started teaching. She is now a econ/polysci major doing a summer internship with UBS.  We stood there and chatted for a long time...and as we parted she gave me a quick hug...telling me how pleased she was to see me again! Now...for someone who was in my sixth grade class room some 10 years or so ago to feel that way about a former teacher...let me tell you I floated out of the mall!!

Yes...life is good! I have just started really enjoying my retirement, no longer feeling guilty about spending so much time "becoming an artist" and now just do "Art". My health is good and my wife and I are busily planning new adventures. So...I'm actually looking forward to my birthday...

A final note....a bit about the photograph. This is all done with and in my iPhone. I took the base shot at a local flea market using Instagram...then used an app called Half Tone to crop, filter, and add the text blocks to finish it up. Who said you couldn't have fun making art!!



5 comments:

amyd said...

well happy early birthday! now that I know that the iPad was a birthday present, its all good! enjoy!

Bill said...

Great art! But don't expect any sympathy out of me. It's true I retired June 30 th. of this year. (Actually, it's proving to be a big adjustment. I haven't gotten there yet.) But I also turned 60. You're nothing but a spring chicken. Plus, I want an iPad. Badly. But it definitely isn't in the budget. Oh well. Life does go on.

jen said...

happy birthday to you, Dave!! and happy birthday to your grandma.
my father-in-law is a retired philosphy professor (taught some years at university of akron, actually) and he loves seeing old students...even stays in touch with a few!
keep on feelin' good...the numbers don't rule you! :)

Dave said...

Thanks everyone! Jen...you're right numbers don't rule...why even though I'm 58 I still think that I'm 28! (Until my body reminds me otherwise!!)

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

One of my favorite posts from you...I guess because I can relate! Happy Birthday!!!