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youngest of our four grandchildren: Eli Smith, 1 1/2.
So it's the annual birthday blog -- the fifth annual since the blog began in 2012 -- and let's start with my age today.I will begin with how my mother used to answer when someone asked how old she was. "Well, it starts with a 6 ..."
Today will be the last time I am able to answer that way because this is birthday No. 69.
The number 69 has, well, an unconventional definition you might know, but never mind that. I found a web site -- affinitynumerology.com -- with this:
"... 69 is a number of idealism, family, and harmony. It's also a number of health and compassion.
Now that is how I'd like to be this year ... and every year.
That is what I wish for everyone -- it's the idealist in me -- but the reality, it seems to me, is that we're more divided, more contentious, in this country than we've been in a long while.
I can't fix it, but I can try to fix my part in my world.
I'd like to think I do fit some of that definition. But there's always room for improvement.
My wife several times in the past week has quoted this verse to me:
"Talk less. Smile more. Don't let them know what you're against or what you're for."
This is from the musical/play Hamilton. You might have heard of it recently.
Bea, as some people who follow my posts on Facebook and my e-mails might know, was Hamilton-obsessed a few months earlier than most of the world. So here she is borrowing from Aaron Burr's advice to Alexander Hamilton in their first meeting.
Put it in hip-hop form, and you have the right rhythm.
But the advice is pretty solid, don't you think? Talk less, smile more.
Most people who know me know that I love to smile -- well, laugh -- a lot. But talk less? Ha. I probably should, but that'll be the day.
Still, as for letting you know what I'm against or what I'm for, you won't find a lot of that from me on Facebook or in my e-mail posts -- at least not on politics or social issues.
Again, people who know me well know I'm pretty darned opinionated. But, thinking of that harmony/compassion aspect of the number 69 -- and open to those alternative points of view -- I will leave the public opinions to others.
I don't even post that many thoughts about the sports world -- and I know a helluva lot more about sports than I do politics and social issues. But arguing online, or in person, is not how I want to waste my time, or yours.
Just don't feel like bashing anyone, or being bashed. No sense in it. There is too much negativity all around us.
I figure, if I keep eating right and stay in relatively good physical condition and remaining fortunate, I will stay around. My parents -- who went through a lot of hardships -- lasted into their late 80s.
So maybe I have a couple of decades left. That's a lot more birthday blogs. I welcome the thought.
I want to be optimistic and realistic and -- if possible -- idealistic. So here's hoping for the best ... for everyone, for our country, for the world.
See you next June 16, birthday No. 70.