Thursday, June 12, 2014

"A LOST POST" ?????

I do not know if this post from Gary ever got posted.
I just ran onto it now; I do not recall reading this before.  Gary, you stir up memories, good ones, that are still special, precious even. . . good to recall. Thanks.
Sorry for missing this earlier.
  ~~ JustinO

Gary Kelly has left a new comment on your post ""Doncha know this. . . ?"": 

Remember our prepubescence when sharing a bed with our best mate during a sleepover, as well as his company generally, was an innocent pleasure completely devoid of complication?

Remember when the two of us went everywhere together, shared recess at school together, visited each others houses at every opportunity, and were seen as a pair far more often than alone?

Little did we realize then that we were sharing one of life's truly great gifts. 


Radical Joe said...

Gary, Justin, I know that what we do in life is more than part of us, it is the innate subconscious being that we all have. Don't know if that makes any sense.???

jimm said...

I think this quote came from 'Stand By Me' - "I never had friends like the ones I had when I was twelve."

Pretty much sums it up for me.

Stew Adams said...

And then everything changes.

Stew Adams said...

And then everything changes.

Gilbert Ball said...

My best mate was my next door neighbor and a girl. Hmmm, looking back, maybe it was just us girls hanging out!!

She was kind of a Tomboy and a helluva lot of fun to be around. I have many fond memories of hanging out, playing games, playing doctor, sleeping over and in high school and beyond partying a lot. To this day we are still friends. I have known her since I was 4.....that was 43 years ago.

Gary Kelly said...

This was posted on the Gray Nomads forum this morning, and I thought it was worth posting here also... nicely written and not too sentimental... and oh, so very true...

You know. .. .. Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my soul mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth....its over. A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

Jim said...

Hey Gary, this is a lovely memory indeed, one to which most can relate.
Thanks for posting this Justin.

JustinO'Shea said...

'twas my pleasure, JIM. . good stuff to pass around. . . ;-))

Radical Joe said...

Gary, you hit the nail on the head. When I turned 70, I started really slowing down. We
go out to eat just about every nite (wife never could cook) I make a pretty good flavor filled meal. I have to take a 5 hour energy drink to keep my motor running, and then it's the doctor wanting some more of my money. I run the lawn tractor at home then, ride it a mile to son's home and cut his lawn.
Guess, I have an 81 year old brother, whom doesn't have anything to do with me since I told him last year that I am gay.
O how he has forgotten his jacking off years.
His wife whom has passed(she thought that she was the Blessed Virgin Mary,) and wouldn't let him
ever look at Porn. 5 siblings have passed, and miss talking to them.
I have a hard time getting to sleep at nite, it might be, cause
I have worked nites for 15 or more years, I mean 12 midnite and
on. So getting old (75)can make
the Golden Years, a challenge.
Gary, your writings really wake up
that getting old feeling, and not looking to far back.