It hasn’t been a bad life as far as living goes. In fact, after years of careful deliberation I’ve come to the conclusion that my sixty-one years on this crazy, little merry-go-round we call life has, for the most part, been quite an enjoyable experience. Oh it hasn’t all been fun and games, but it’s definitely had it’s moments. I’m currently in the midst of one of those moments and have been for quite awhile now. Hopefully this current ‘bout of blissfulness’ as I like to call it will stay with me for a whole lot longer. I suppose I’m the only one who can determine that.
For the last ten years or so these ‘bouts of bliss’ have come upon me with greater regularity. Maybe it’s just because I’m getting older. They say age will mellow a man, maybe that’s it. Maybe I’m just mellowing out like a fine wine, but even a fine wine can go sour and move to vinegar. I sure hope that doesn’t happen.
All around me life is good. I’ve got a nice home, good friends who are as close as family, a job that I truly enjoy, three amazing children, Janene, John & Alan, who have grown into fine, upstanding adults, six incredible grandchildren, Anjalene, Jonathan, Jacob, Janessa, Joshua and little JJ! (Joseph John) Sorry, make that seven grandkids, can’t forget little Ernie, who at 18 isn’t so little anymore!) And of course there’s my son & daughter in law Ernie and Suzanne, who must be saints, as they manage to put up with Janene and John who are more like me than they care to admit! (just kidding) Then there’s Alan’s fiance Bianca, Bee as we like to call her, she’s a real sweetheart, who is already a part of the family.
Last but certainly not least, there’s my wife Raylene, my love, best friend and confidant of 39 years. Believe me, it been one hell of a ride! She’d be the first to tell you that we’ve been to hell and back and survived.! She’s one, incredible woman! Thank God I’ve been blessed to be a part of such a thoughtful, loving family!
Looking at all of the blessings in my life, I guess it would be fair to assume that my current state of contentment is a direct result of my surroundings, but I wonder if perhaps this happy condition of mine might be my reward for what I’ve experienced on my life journey, you know, for all the lessons learned. And believe me, I’ve had my share. I’m one of those people who rarely listened to sound advice and had to learn things the hard way. Of course doing things my way had its price and I was never lucky enough to land on my feet, no way! I always managed to land flat on my face. Oh well, live and learn. Yeah, if this blissful feeling of mine is the reward for all the hard times, I’ll gladly accept it and enjoy it while I’ve got it. God id good…