Feeling Thankful as I Near 85

by on March 29, 2023 · 5 comments

in From the Soul

by Ernie McCray

I’m almost 85.
And with more years behind me
than ahead of me
I am thankful
to still be alive
and to have been brought to life
by a mother who
loved and befriended me
and guided me
towards a nice path
to take on my life’s journey,
a voyage
I’m thankful for
just for the gifts
that have been bestowed on me:
a beautiful wonderful woman
who adds sweet spice to my life
and brightens my life
as we engage everyday
with aging’s surprises,
loving and valuing each other;|
my children, and their children, and their children,
loved ones whose
warm and energizing and hope inspiring
ways of being
fill me with a gentle pride
that flows through me
like soft waves
breaking on a beach
at high tide;
the kids I’ve taught
and the loyal and caring friends
who’ve been at my side
during the ups and downs
of my ride;
the songs I’ve harmonized
and the musical grooves I’ve moved to;
the books I’ve allowed to take me away
to another place
like a moment,
as a boy,
when I sailed downriver
on the mighty Mississippi
with Huck Finn and Jim
and suddenly remembered where I was
and bailed ship
just as quick
as I had joined the trip;
the sheer joy
playing ball
and writing prose
and poetry
and breaking a leg on stage
has brought me.

But what I’m most thankful for
is growing old
with my loving nature intact
in a world where it’s
exhausting to do that!
So grateful for that!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike James March 29, 2023 at 3:42 pm

Thank you for the words and inspiration.


Lauren April 1, 2023 at 8:12 pm

Sounds like a good life, well-lived and still living!


Lorena April 2, 2023 at 10:31 pm

Your loving nature shines through yet again. Thank you, Ernie!


Thomas L Gayton April 3, 2023 at 10:20 pm



BARBARA LEWIS April 5, 2023 at 11:33 am

Charlie Mack, I just want to say that you get out of life what you put into it, and you have put out a whole lot of love and beauty into this world. I for one can attest to your kindness, your caring and brilliance and thank you for it.


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