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Rick has been a buddy since our teenage years. Having attended the same schools, we sometimes shared jokes, laughs, pranks, and even minor misbehaviors that sometimes caused what we convinced our parents were only “gentle corrections” by the teachers. For obvious reasons, those times when the principal had to be involved were never shared with our parents. We decided to keep them to ourselves due to self-preservation. We’ve maintained that friendship through the years.

I recently received a Facebook message from him. I read it with a smile on my face, and even caught myself emitting a few chuckles. As I read it for the second time, the realization that what Rick shared with me was more than just something to laugh about, it was becoming a reality.

Having reached that point, I felt it important to share with others who might have reached the same stage of life in which I find myself. Perhaps they might strike a familiar chord with some.

Now that I’m older here’s what I’ve discovered: 1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it. 2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran. 3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart. 4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded. 5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded. 6. If all is not lost, then where in the world is it? 7. It was a whole lot easier to get older than to get wiser. 8. Some days you’re the top dog; some days you’re the hydrant. 9. I wish the buck really did stop here; I sure could use a few of them. 10. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere. 11. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom. 12. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees. 13. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone else wants to play chess. 14. It’s not hard to meet expenses... They’re everywhere. 15. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth. 16. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder, “What am I here after?”. 17. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded. 18. Have I shared these with you before? So, I was thinking… I wonder if I did something to Rick in years gone by to make him send me something indicative of the fact that I’m growing older. Perhaps it was when I blamed him for… Hmmm. Just what did I blame him for???

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