As a young boy growing up my day had a couple of sayings in response to his children ‘wishing’ or being envious of someone else. One had o do with hands and wishing and filling up….I won’t “blog” about that one (perhaps you heard it also)…the other was a favorite when he said “it ain’t all gold that glitters”. For years I listened and acted like I knew what he meant when in fact as a youngster I had no idea what the true meaning of that saying was….you know it was one of those comments you were just to ‘short’ for….you know the ones that just went over your head.
As I matured emotionally, mentally and physically I realized that it fit with that other wishing one as well….sometimes as young boys and girls we wished we had another persons life, belongings or situations without even knowing what went on behind closed doors as the old Kenny Rogers song goes. That wishing and hoping bug is not limited to just youngsters and infects all ages, socio-economic groups, races and creeds, doesn’t it?
I just had the awesome pleasure of being involved in a celebration of an event that happened 50 years ago…many of the participants I had not seen for over 30 years and a few for almost the entire 50 years…there were all sorts of folks…some taller that I remembered and some even seemed shorter…the one obvious trait was that without exception all of our girths were a little fuller and for the guys many had way fewer hairs to comb each morning…the common denominator though seemed that we no longer wished and hoped for another’s life or situation…most seemed content with their lot in life….
The smiles were plenteous, the hand shakes genuine and the hugs firm and sweet….I guess that comes with age…CONTENMENT!!!