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Old Age

Aldie MillWhile driving to and fro a couple of days ago flipping through the satellite channels, I happened upon an interview with Oliver Sacks, a noted physician and author who wrote a column for the "New York Times" entitled "The  Joy of Old Age." This is a subject that enthuses me--this condition--Aging--which unlike the flu or a broken limb, is not fixable and is inevitable and...well...terminal. Dwelling on that part, however, is depressing and potentially all consuming and really not at all very useful. Hearing Oliver Sacks, on the other hand, was uplifting and challenging. He is not a motivational speaker and this certainly wasn't a motivational-hype/type interview. This was a real person dealing with real personal issues that have required counseling for forty+ years, fearless acts of putting himself in precarious places, and...and...other people. He is extraordinarily content.He said , "I enjoy going to work EVERY day." His emphasis. Fascinating! How does he do that? What's the magic?  After some research on his life, I don't think there's an easy answer. He isn't married, has never lived with anyone and has Prosopagnosia or face blindness. And, he is intensely shy. He says his comfort with his age is because (these are my words paraphrasing his) he doesn't have to compete, or pose, or change. He is a product of his age and experiences. His friends. His family-parents. Hmmm...I think that maybe for him, going to work is where all of his people connections happen and so I can see where he enjoys that journey every day. For me, perhaps most of us, there's more of a balance required. Putting the $$ requirement aside, most of us want the rewards of a job, that is, doing well for yourself and for others. You want the same thing with your family, of course, but I believe we all have some sort of embedded need to contribute to the community or at least participate in the community. Good or bad participation.Work. Family. Friends. Maybe balancing isn't the right concept. At least for me. Work, I have no words. Family is awesome and challenging.  Friends, well, I only have a handful, my friends are those who have incredible patience with my idiosyncrasies and still call me friend. The challenge I have given myself after hearing Sacks: assess my life and adjust each part of that life so that every day, every day is a wonder. Now just how the hell am I going to do that? Stay tuned.Until last night, Diane didn't think that the eye surgery had done any good, the tears were flowing unabated.  Last night however, she opined that perhaps the torrent was lessening. We are very hopeful the trend continues. The next step would be to put a stent in the ducts to keep them open and that procedure is a bit more complicated. She sees the eye doc again the first week in August for a final read on what to do next. Her last major surgery has been scheduled for September 20 which is also Kyle's birthday. Kirsten is still cooking at home and now even baking from scratch! Not as many kids are in RecPac this year and so she has been "furloughed" for one day a week, same as DoD.  Kelsey is having a blast in Puerto Rico. Kyle is home from camp! I drove out to the country yesterday and rescued him from the horrendous heat. Our temps have been in the mid to high 90s with high humidity. He was happy to jump into the air conditioned car!I took the two shots in today's post at the Old Mill in Aldie. The buildings are museums now and I've previously posted shots of the mill. You can tell by the shadow of the wheeled crank on the building above that this was high noon. And hot. The shot above is of the smaller mill that was eventually turned into a storage building. The shot below is of the water that still runs in a stream bed next to the mill. But the water no longer is channeled through to turn the millstones and the bypass is filled with sediment and weeds. The pipe with water flowing bypasses all of the old functional mill parts.Aldie Mill Water Flow

Not So Fast

A Quiet House, Eye Surgery Tomorrow