As you know this blog is about politics, public policy, retirement, money, health care and stuff like that. My nearly fifty-year career was spent entirely in employee benefits. I have been reading and writing about all that since I was a kid. As a teenager I wrote letters to the editor. I found one recently written in support of Barry Goldwater for president … you remember ” In your heart you know he’s right.”
While all that is important, at 76, the relative value of things is changing. I look back over the years and realize how good they have been to me, how darn fortunate I am.
I have every material thing I could reasonably want and certainly everything I need and much more.
As a history buff of sorts there were many places I wanted to see in the world. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone, walked in the catacombs of Rome, cruised the Volga river, and placed a prayer in the Western Wall, visited concentration camps and much more. I have visited 48 states and 38 countries.
When I was in high school I couldn’t get a date, I pretty much gave up any family stuff, but I have been married fifty-one years to a woman who has supported me and our four children unwaveringly. Today we have thirteen grandchildren.
What more could anyone want or reasonable expect? Nothing in my view.
But if I may be a tad greedy and vain, I have two more goals. I would like to see at least the first of my grandchildren graduate college and I would like to have all of them remember me..hopefully with a measure of fondness… and it won’t cost a cent?
Wish me more luck I don’t deserve.