“I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— “ Philemon 1:9. How do you plan to spend your old age?– John Piper from Twitter
I just realized I don’t have to leave for 30 minutes, I have not posted in a month, and not much has changed in the past four weeks.
My therapist feels I need a vacation. My son wants to go to the Disney Water Parks. I want to run. The first one costs- a lot. The second costs gas and food, we already have passes. The third is free (sort of…).
Merf- thank you for your uplifting text messages- only you could possibly respond positively to the thought of sleeping on Army cots. Thank you for being my sister! At least we know to duck and cover. Although we had Disaster Preparedness 101- last night’s storms were creepy. Green skies tend to creep me out- maybe all those reel-to-reels we watched. Florida storms are just creepy. NY storms are much better. AZ storms people just seem to ignore. Hey look, a storm is coming- but they never quite come in- never mind- getting off topic.
Christine, I see why you didn’t answer, yes, I totally forgot you were going on the Quizzing trip! I’d like to see Ethan get back in to that. Of course, I’d like to see Ethan get back in to reality as well, but he keeps me laughing (mostly). He came home from school mortified yesterday that the woman doing morning preaching time said SPERM. However, last night we watched a Simpson episode that made reference to something similar- and he couldn’t stop laughing. OK to say something sexual at home- not OK at church. Oh dear God please don’t let my son be another FUNDIE.
Speaking of which- I was debating with a Christian man on FB- who feels it’s a sin to drink beer and have a Bible study. So I’m drinking a glass or two (or possibly 3)of Moscato, reading a Bible study, and my Bible. #NotASin. This guy then compared it to crack. I don’t know that crack per se is mentioned in the Bible, but alcohol is. My first argument was legal v. not legal. Then this mam pointed out that marijuana is legal is some places. Ok- I agree it is, it’s also an herb- so let’s compare marijuana to alcohol- I still feel marijuana should remain illegal, but he did have a point. Although I personally could not function, let alone read my Bible stoned on weed. Wine, or beer, is different. I grew up believing the Bible said ALCOHOL IS A SIN. It wasn’t until I was much, much older that I learned it does not say that. That was Baptist DOCTRINE, not Biblical doctrine. Well, that’s my little rant for now. I don’t think people realize what we do to others, our children- our friends- ourselves- when we incorporate half truths in to God’s Word to meet our own agenda. It’s damaging. I will not raise another child believing alcohol is a sin. I want him to learn moderation. Know when to quit. And know you are not going to burn in Hell for that nice Zinfandel with that nice Shrimp Scampi. Wait… isn’t eating shrimp a sin?…. wait… isn’t OVEREATING a sin? 6 things the Lord hates, yea 7 are an abomination… Ok all you overweight people- cast the first stone.…
Stepping off my soapbox- Brion graduates next week with his MSW. This Momma is proud. He did it! It’s more than I’ve ever done- or probably will do! He’s awesome! Although I miss my daughter terribly, I have to say she was always the smart one- she is incredibly talented – and I miss listening to her sing!!! I don’t think she knows how much I miss her. Sometimes funny things (well only funny to me-possibly to my sister) happen and she is the only one who would ‘get it’. Getting back to Brion- really excited for him. Growing up in Salamanca, his life really could have taken another direction.
Moving on- I have to mention Alice here- Even though we really don’t get along- even though she’s one of the rare diamonds in the world who really ‘get it’- I have to thank her for her support these past few weeks. Even with her physical pain, she is as clear headed as ever.
Funci- I’m not sure adoption is in my future- isn’t it funny- it’s all I thought I’d ever do is raise children and be a wife- While I believe in the institution of marriage- with the right person, I can’t even imagine doing this all over again. It’s just too easy now- Ethan will be 14- in two years working and driving- All I want to do is run- and sadly work seems to be interfering with that- Ethan’s school is too, but that’s another story ha ha I admit though, I would have to really think about ever homeschooling a child again- what a long strange trip that was… your youngest is in college- no wait- your youngest is now in diapers!!! ha ha! and of all three of my kids- only one was ever kicked out of school – twice- in the same semester- oh Ethan…who would have ever thought?
Which brings me to my John Piper quote from Twitter. How do you plan to spend your old age? With the clients I work with, this is a very serious question. Social Security is not going to support you. I cannot believe the number of senior citizens who must apply for some type of welfare benefit. It’s really sad. Most of them, yes, have worked! But you try being 70, single (divorced or widowed), and live off of $700 to $1,000 a month. The ave. senior gets $16 a month in food stamps. There is a 5 year waiting list in Florida for section 8/ low income housing. They aren’t taking any new applications. Medicare comes right out of most of their checks. These people break my heart. I know a lady in her 70s looking for work to help pay her bills. Car care, car insurance, rent, utilities- so how are you spending your old age? Most of these people have no family for support, either. It’s really sad the state many of our senior citizens are in.
How do I plan to spend my old age? Should I live that long… I plan on spending it with someone. Someone who runs. Isn’t that sad, that’s my first priority? ha! But the rhetorical question is- eventually you stop raising children- in my case my marriage fell apart, you retire- then what? – and you find yourself sitting in your apartment reading Twitter, and this John Piper quote comes up-How do you plan on spending YOUR old age? First, I need another tattoo….
In one week I’ll be in Rochester- then I’ll worry about old age. Putting worrying about old age on my bucket list- at the bottom. Now about that tattoo…