On Sunny Lane: Old Bones

Sometimes, our line dance group dances to the song, “Old Bones.”

It is sung by George Burns, who was old when he sang it. Of course, he was old when I first saw him on television many years ago. But I was only eight years old, so what did I know?

Well, anyway, he describes some of the things that happen to our bodies as we age. Slowing down was one of them. I can’t tell, though, if he is bragging or complaining. If my observations of him on camera are correct, he didn’t seem to be a very active person. I would call him laid back.

At the end of the song, though, he says, “I’d like to do it again.”

Sweetheart and I agreed that we would like to do it again, too, if we could do it with each other.

Since we have only been together for 10 years, we lament the fact that we didn’t meet sooner and, thus, have had more time together. We could have spent our better years together, in fact. As it is, we were senior citizens when we met.

However, we recite the same old mantra every time the subject comes up. We weren’t the same people then. We might not have liked each other then. We would have had responsibilities of work and family that would have kept us physically and emotionally occupied and given us less free time to focus on each other.

As a result, we don’t have distractions that keep us from focusing on each other now.

However, I see on television and hear on the radio and read in the newspaper and I even hear personal reports of people who are not having a good life. They, most likely, would not want to “do it again”—with anybody.

I went through challenging times in my younger days. They were times that did not inspire me to “do it again.” Fortunately, I kept the faith and made choices that brought me to this time and place in my life.

Some people are living with the consequences of unwise choices. Others have their choices made for them. Some people feel as though they are trapped in their life situation.

If they keep the faith and make wise choices, they just might be able to enjoy life—as George Burns did and as Sweetheart and I do.

In the meantime, let’s be kind to people we meet along our journey. They might be having a bad life.


Dorothy is the author of two books—“Miles and Miracles” and “Getting It All Together “. You can purchase a book or make a comment by emailing her at dorothybutzknight@gmail.com

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