A few days ago, a regular reader asked me how old I was and ask how I have managed to live such a glorious life. She surmised that I created a dream and that luck had very little to do with it.
I do not normally think about this kind of thing, but here goes. My close friends and family are fully familiar with what I will write here. I am not sure anyone cares, but I have nothing else of particular importance to write about.
By the way, I am 84 and I think being lucky has had a lot to do with how my life has turned out.
Short and sweet, two people are primarily responsible for what I am——-my Mother and my Wife Barbara.
I was the oldest child. My Mother had much more energy and willingness to teach me. She was a most remarkable woman—not highly educated in a formal way, Yet she was very smart and was a beautiful human being. She taught me right from wrong, how to be married, about music and that there was only one human race. She treated everyone with great respect.
Then, at age 18, I met Barbara who was 17. We have known each other since 1958 and been married since 1961. We built our life together starting with nothing but with dreams of a happy life. She supported me 110% in my law practice and to ultimately become President of The Florida Bar.
My best friend in college suddenly dropped dead at age 33. From that day on, I told Barbara we will live our lives as we agreed, faithful to each other and acting honestly and ethically, but that life was not a dress rehearsal, and we would do as many things as we could living each day as if it were our last.
Often people say to me “you are living my dreams”. Here is the thing. People who worked hard and were successful can live the way we live. It is just a matter of priorities. I always wanted a home in another country. We decided on Florence, Italy. We spend several months a year there, but work just like we were in Florida. If we waited to go to Italy until we had nothing else to do, we would never get to go. So, we carved out the time we would leave and went.
We were fortunate to have have a good marriage. Without that, nothing else works no matter how much money you have. We were no less happy when I earned $440 a month then when I earned much more
Did we make mistakes? Hell, yes but we did the best we could at the time. Monday morning quarterbacks never lost a game. What happened, happened and there is nothing anyone can do to change it
I move considerably slower, but as long as I can go, I will. Everything works so long as I have my Wife and nothing will work if I do not.
Good game for Marlins who win 8 to 5 in 11 innings. Thought it was a well played game which represents a change of pace.
Was hoping Judge would rule on Meadows’ motion to transfer. Assume he is taking the long weekend to write his decision.
Another up day in the market Friday
Friends for lunch today.
Tomorrow going to another friend’s house. Otherwise expect a quiet weekend.
See you tomorrow. At least that is my plan.