What I’m Gonna Do
Here is a nice thing about getting old; there are so many less things for me to be jealous about.
When I was younger I used to admire other peoples large beautiful homes. Now I think how glad I am to not have to heat that mother, clean that bugger, and maintain that monstrous yard.
There was a time when I wished I had that big yacht to go cruising or fishing whenever I wanted. Now I wince just thinking of the time and effort it takes to keep a boat running and seaworthy.
I once wanted to learn to fly and own a plane. Now I think, “What a lot of work.”
Back in the days when I desired stuff…stuff I could never afford, I had to settle for what I was “Gonna do.”
When anyone visited my house I would tell them what I was “gonna do.” “Oh yes, the house is small, but I'm gonna blow out the kitchen to add an eat-in area, and put in all new restaurant quality appliances. The master bed room is gonna look great when we add the walk-in closet which will set over the new recreation room we are gonna add off the dining room. The grass in the back looks awful, but you will not even notice it after we put in the pool and patio. As soon as we get the time we are gonna do all that and more.”
People were never impressed with my house, but they thought the stuff we were “gonna do” was terrific.
There was a time when I was gonna own a house at the shore, on the bay side, with a dock and a 32 footer (those really big boats were too much trouble.)
I was gonna have a plane so I could play a different golf course every weekend…when I had the time. Oh yea, I was gonna start playing golf again and get my game down to a 10 handicap.
I was gonna do all these things as soon as I had the time (and the money.) It seems I never had the time (or the money.) Now that I am retired and have the time, I just do not have the desire or the inclination (or the money) for any of those things.
Mrs. C and I are perfectly happy with our two bedroom town house. Yard maintenance is done for us. When it snows, the walks and the driveway are shoveled by elves. We have a community pool which we seldom use, and tennis courts which we never us. The town house is just the right size; were not gonna do anything to it.
We enjoy our little vacation trips, going out to dinner and watching TV. Then there are grandchildren. I have five. I am very proud of them all. Tommy is gonna be a lawyer, Halley is gonna be a ballet dancer unless she becomes a Senator, Graham is gonna be a doctor, Cole is gonna be a major league baseball player and Connor is gonna be an architect.
Gonna be pretty impressive don’t cha think?