THIS IS A YEAR OF THE ROOSTER CONTEST ENTRY
To Live Too Long
I just ran across this today, and I thought it a good quote: “In that moment I think I learned the real tragedy of living too long. It is not losing one's health or one's memory or even one's mind; it is losing one's dignity.” Louis Auchincloss, The Rector of Justin
My father, proudest in his life for serving his country in World War Two, lived his last three years in a nursing home, confined to bed, urinating and having bowel movements in a diaper. When he could focus and talk to me, I asked if he still wanted to be buried in the National Cemetary at Punchbowl, his lifetime dream. “Of course.” I said he’d have to be cremated then; there was no more room. He shook his head, said he would never want that, would settle for burial at the Kane'ohe Cemetary for veterans. His lifetime wish went unfulfilled.