We met for lunch at a local restaurant. I was working for the March of Dimes at the time. Whitey arrived with our 12 year old daughter, Kathy.
After the normal catching up on the day, he looked at me and said, “Honey, I’m losing my sight.” I could not take it in.
“What do you mean? You need glasses?”
“No, not glasses. I really am losing my vision.”
That was 1988. Soon it was necessary for Whitey to stop driving the UPS truck. He has not really seen our children (or me) since that time. He has never really seen the grandchildren. Whitey sees shadows. People are like “trees walking”.
But life does go on. And we all adjusted pretty well. Especially Whitey. Ever the positive thinker and the guy with the newest jokes and pranks, Whitey keeps us all going. He likes to say he is much better off than many people and that he can do anything he wants to do except drive and read!
A former golf professional, Whitey still plays golf three days a week, and on weekdays, he walks up to the driving range with his golden retriever, Hogan. We both totally enjoy our children and grandchildren and all in all, enjoy an active lifestyle. He plays baseball in the front yard with the grands and he and our grandson love to hit balls on the range together. The children are very young, but they have quickly learned how to “help Poppy”. It’s neat to hear our 7 year old granddaughter tell him, “Poppy, there’s 4 steps” or “Poppy, it’s me.” Or to hear our 6 year old grandson report his successes or failures with the basketball net. “That one went in, Poppy!”
Why am I telling you all of this? Well, Whitey is a walking lesson in having a good attitude. When people say, “how are you?”, he responds “I’d have to be twins to be better!”
Over the next few days, I am going to tell you more about Whitey and our family. I also want to clarify that this blog is supported by my sales via Independent Living Aids. I am an affiliate for that wonderful company. We have been customers of ILA for many years, and so naturally, when I began to work on line, I became an affiliate. That means that if you need vision or hearing products, it helps me if you link to their site from my blog. It does not cost you any more, but it does help me. At the top of the page, you will see a tab marked “Resources for Seniors.” That tab will tell you more about Independent Living Aids.
And thank you! Thank you for reading this blog, for pondering this aging experience with me. Together we will learn and grow and continue to be active, involved senior citizens!