The older I get, the more the days blur together. In the blink of an eye the leaves are turning color again, though it feels like just yesterday I was shoveling snow and wishing for the sight of green grass. Or even brown grass. Or mud. Anything but unending fields of snow and bumpy roads with miles of dingy brown snowbank as far as they eye can see.
As the pace of time speeds up, I find I have more trouble pinpointing when good things happened. Today we spent some enjoyable time bombing around in our little red Miata, and wondered how long we’ve had this car. Six years? Seven? And when was that motorcycle trip to Cape Breton Island? Hmmmmm.
I also have a tendency to save favorite single panel strips from page-a-day calendars, and occasionally print similar graphic jokes. After a while the area around my desk became littered with things that make me chuckle. Inevitably some of my favorites began to fade or wound up covered by other new, shiny things.
A few years ago I bought a bound book and turned it into a perpetual calendar. My goal is to record at least one good thing on each date. I’d also like to identify a birthday for each date, and to select dates that match up with my favorite graphic jokes. It’s still a work in progress – as new grand-nieces and grand-nephews arrive, I add their birthdays. It’s turning into a thing of beauty, and reminding me each day of how very lucky I am. Eventually I’ll have recorded an entire year of adventures, birthdays, blessings and chuckles.
Perhaps the folks in Farley Bend will share birthdays with some of my favorite people. If you’d like a character to share your special day, leave me a note in the comments below.