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#1 posted 10-21-2012 07:42 AM

Cathy, interesting topic. Death does leave larger holes than we planned in the fabric of our lives. There will be those moments when you say, “I wish I could talk to Walter about this.” And, times you wish you could show him your work…because you know Walter would understand. I miss my dad that way.

At a certain time in life we start to count down instead of up. Sounds like you have found that tipping point too. I think it was the philosopher Martin Heidegger who pointed out to me that our being, our essence is tied to a dying creature…our body. Youth doesn’t know this…I have watched them drive cars. But, we know this. Perhaps even a blooming rose knows this.

All that said, life is for the living. And to live is to strive. What would Walter have been without a project even when he was weak and blind? Better to leave something undone than to finish everything and sit waiting for death. I feel the urgency of creating while I still can, but it is also a time for me to take younger people into my shop and teach them something about woodworking and the joy of making beauty from wood with your own hands. That is one way to cheat death…as is what we craft and leave behind. I have learned that Grandchildren are a blessing too.

Just climbing staircases and lifting and picking change off the floor are enough to remind me of the ravages of time. But every day of health and energy is a blessing to be cherished…and I do…and so do you. I try to use my awareness of time as a way to make the most of what I still have…of loving that which I won’t have for long and so I love it the more. And so, up the stairs I go…but slower.

Who would have guessed that Lumber Jocks would be a place to express such ideas and use some recent photos that are really not LJ material? Thanks for the opportunity. Looking forward to your next project.

-- Big Al in IN

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