- Jan 2, 2005
- Northern Illinois
For good or bad I've built my life around my bride. I love her as much today as I did over 56 years ago when we made our vows to each other. I love my 5 grown kids and my 12 grandkids, but they all have busy lives and it is my wife, not the kids or grandkids, that center my life. Sadly for me the few good friends I had are gone, and old friends from my youth or my 24 years in the military are not a real part of my life anymore. It occurred to me that if my wife passed, nothing would really be holding me to this location. I have no love for the state I currently live in, Illinois, nor do I enjoy the months of winter when I cannot be outside riding my motorcycle or otherwise enjoying the outdoors. So its crossed my mind that if my wife were gone (and she has no desire to move even just the few miles it would take to cross the border into Wisconsin) and I moved to a warmer, and politically more friendly part of the country, just how difficult life would be on my own as an old grumpy man. I think that making new friends would be a non-starter at my age. Not being a church goer, that route would not appeal to me. Then again, maybe if my wife were gone I would find myself wanting to visit my kids more than I do now. But the thought of living where being a Conservative does not make one a pariah, where I could enjoy a pro-gun political climate, where I could ride all or most of the year, might be a decent way to spend what time I would have left on the green side of the grass. Just another rant from me as I sit here while its -8 outside and the wind is howling.