For the June 7, 2021 KGUA radio Morning Writer’s Hour hosted by Mark Gross and Peggy Berryhill in Gualala, California, we are asked to freewrite A LOVE LETTER TO YOURSELF.
Dear 2021 Dan,
Let’s start really superficially. Damn, you look good for 73. Still got your hair, albeit gray on gray. That’s something since your Dad and brother Richard lost theirs long ago. Your contacts make you like two/three years younger. You did rock the nerd look with those horn-rimmed glasses in high school.
You came through the pandemic without getting Covid-19 when 33 million in the United States did. Lucky or prudent? Who knows? I’m guessing a little of both.
Sweet choice in spouses, Danny Boy. Who could have guessed you’d still be having the time of your life with Hannah Banana when you fell hard for her as a nineteen-year-old at the College of Wooster in Ohio. At the time, your mother said, “Don’t be a fool and lose her.”
Three cheers for having the guts to transfer in your senior year from the cocoon of college in Ohio to head to the Wild West of Arizona State. And then have the adventurous spirit to move further west to Anaheim, California for your first teaching job. As a super shy teenager, I didn’t know you had it in you. Your adventurous spirit lives on.
Let’s be clear, you’ve been quite lucky. Your parents, being reasonably athletic, modestly smart, semi-amiable in your own inoffensive way. And, you are bright enough to know you didn’t do this on your own.
Stay humble, my friend.
Dan, the Elder