In My Old Age . . .

In my old age I want to be retired from routinely done tasks,
from brainless chores of the everyday
I want to be fully engaged in things that give me pleasure. In my old age, 60 through 80, I want to be in good health,
go for long walks in the park, holding my beloved's hand.
At age 80 I want to have plenty of friends,
who come to visit me not because I had a stroke
but because they want to be close to a lucid mind and a warm heart. Please spare me from a million tubes
to extend my life beyond that of a vegetable
It is with dignity that I want to live and die.
Share with my loved ones on a happy occasion,
gracefully sit down on a chair and simply pass on. One act of pleasure in the world of the living
to follow another one . . . in the after life

by Teresa Gonzalez-Lee

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Dear Teresa, A heartfelt thank you for something you told me back in 1975 while at UCSD. Era cierto. Will have to wait and tell you when we meet some day again. Rest in peace dear teacher.
May your aspirations turn into reality. May you have a healthy, peaceful, pleasant and inspiring old age. Warm regards and best wishes.