Orykoi Bowl issued an intriguing Open Call which I just had to try my hand at. Friday, the 21st of December is reportedly...by the Mayans at least....to be the last day, the day the world will end. So how will I spend this week?
I am, by nature, not given to grand gestures. I am a simple man with a normally quiet voice and prone to keep emotion to myself so I am going to spend this week like I did last week, and the week before. I will care for my animals, love my wife, and worry about all my kids.
Will I have regrets? Well of course I will, that is a part of being human. I will regret that my children won't have the chance to grow old like I did. I will regret not having even one more day to try and be a better man. But, I will also rejoice in all the good things in my life. I will rejoice and be thankful for the birth of my five children; five things I actually did good while on this earth. I will smile and be happy thinking of the eleven wonderful years I had with the woman I love with all my heart.
I will be content to know that the bad in my life was outweighed by the good.
As the week wears on and Friday nears, I will of course make contact with two or three close friends and thank them for being in my life. I will call my one remaining brother and tell him I love him and promise to look him up if by chance the Lord lowers his standards and lets me in the front door. I will talk to each of my children and tell them how much they each mean to me and how I wish I could have been a better father to each of them.
Then, come Friday morning, I will saddle Shadow Dancer for me and Scarlett for Mel and we will turn all our dogs loose and we will go for a last ride. Accompanied by our vast dog pack, we will ride across the countryside until we find a suitable site to watch one last sunset and we will dismount, eat a light picnic lunch and spend our last hours reminiscing, laughing, and loving each other.
Then the lights will go out.
Oh yeah, since I usually only manage one blog entry a week...sometimes two....this will be my last words to you before the great cosmic flushing. So....it's been fun and I'll see ya on the other side. Or, if the Mayans were full of crap, I guess I will see you Saturday