I know a guy who is getting married in June. They just bought a brand new home. They fell in love in their early twenties but other stuff came up. He was my roommate in college. Our first marriages are dead. Long live our new marriage.
One of my wife’s cats died unexpectedly last Friday. She just put down a deposit on a replacement kitten. Our cat is dead. Long live our kitten.
My middle son just bought his first home, a condo. My youngest son is going to get back to his first home search when his Realtor® gets back from vacation next week. Our tenants are gone. Long live our homeowners.
My wife and I just ordered our first RV, an E-Trek XL now being built at the factory. Movable home: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the E-Trek Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore America and Canada, to seek out new life and new experiences, to boldly go where no Reed has gone before.
My wife and daughter-in-law are planning a family Disney Cruise. I am looking forward to going to my Harvard Business reunion this year and a West Point reunion next year. I may use the RV for the latter.
This is all in the context of my wife’s brother and sister dying in the last six months and my getting 34 “salvage radiation” treatments (mopping up hopefully) for prostate cancer.
I am struck by the tonic effect of these shiny new purchases, projects, adventures. You can’t change the fact that you are your current age and all the things that go with that. But you can still enjoy acquiring new things and taking on new projects and seeing new places. Anticipation is one of life’s greatest joys and it is available to almost all ages. You don’t have to be new to experience new car smell.
Don't throw the pa-ast away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again
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