It is the next morning and we have to check out. We book in an overnight for my upcoming birthday. We are going to see Motown.
Last year, for my husband’s birthday, we saw Neil Sedaka perform at the Old Westbury Music Fair. Neil Sedaka looked pretty agile for a man his age, as he shuffled on stage for a full seven minutes before he was too winded to go on. He sang “Calendar Girl” and we went wild. He sang “Oh, Carole,” and we went wild. He sang “I Miss the Hungry Years” and we sighed.
After intermission, he started to sing his new songs from his new album. They were extremely poignant songs about aging. We couldn’t exit the place fast enough. And as we dashed out, I looked over my shoulder. I did not see anyone standing on line to purchase his new cd.
But I, too, am obsessed with aging. It is all I think about. It was only a split second ago that I had worked two jobs, three if you count the summer, gutted my house, ripped out every blade of grass from my front lawn with my own bare hands, planted perennials and laid slate stepping stones after watching an episode of Curb Appeal on HGTV. I am in a state of shock. I do not understand how and when this happened to me. I cannot engage anyone to talk about it. So I am blogging about it. And this way you can pretend you don’t peek.
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Even though you think about it, you see you’re doing things despite aging. And enjoying – Broadway shows, Neil Sedaka; that stuff you couldn’t do if you were working. So you don’t do the physical stuff like the gardening as much. Need to look (hard) for the glass half full.
Yes! This is exactly true. But I see the signs of aging everywhere I go. I can’t escape the fact. I can enjoy it at the same time that I am documenting it!
naughty nostalgia…but I must say I’m not sure I want poignant from the guy who gave us :
You start the year off fine
You’re my little valentine
I’m gonna march you down the aisle
You’re the Easter Bunny when you smile
We actually went to hear Calendar Girl because it made us feel young for a few minutes. The sone he sang about aging was more in keeping with “The Hungry Years,” and it did bring tears to my eyes till I thought – if I want to deal with that subject, I can just look in the mirror!
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