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Today Bob Pike Turns 89 - Livin' the Good Life

Jan. 28th, 2008

12:36 pm - Today Bob Pike Turns 89

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It's my dad's 89th birthday today. He is living with us (he has a room in our house, but he also has his airstream trailer that he has lived in off and on for the last 25 years), and with all of his daily stories, combined with his mild manners, he's quite easy to be around. He says he can't remember anything anymore, but I find him to have an excellent memory about many things. I'd call his memory SELECTIVE. In layman's terms: He remembers only what he wants to remember. And it seems he wants to remember less and less these days. But, he's still smart and good and well-meaning. (I noticed my memory slipping a bit around age 40. It alarmed me at first, but I got used to it. I think it's about as good today as it was 20 years ago.) Memory is a very fascinating thing. I know people who seem to have two or three times more facts stored in their brain than I do. (My dad used to be one of them.) They are the people who everyone goes to as a "resource" on any number of subjects. It's almost like they have a larger computer for a brain than other people. But, I'm satisfied with my memory as it is. I intend to work on keeping it as sharp as it is now, and if I do, I'll be happy. My dad says he's ready to die any time. In fact, he says he's looking forward to it "with great relish". The first thing he says he plans to do when he kicks the bucket is "find out about the weather". He wants to know how it works. In the meantime, I believe he lives every day as if it were his last. Not a bad way to live at any time, not just when you are pushing 90! He says he never planned to live this long, but here he is! I heard some famous person say once: "If I'd known I was gonna live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!" I think we all need to keep that in mind. Most of us will probably live a lot longer than we imagine we will. We better not "let ourselves go" just because we're gettin' old!
Happy Birthday to my wonderful dad, and may your remaining days be filled with everything you wish for! We'll be here to help you do that.