Gampy, Daisy, and Donald

Gampy, Daisy, and Donald

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Price of Life

I'm at an age now where Obituaries are part of the must read sections of the paper, along with Sports, the Front Page, and Local News.  Sometimes it seems like the ages of those who passed are speeding towards me like a Japanese high-speed train.  The only "hero" I had growing up still alive is Arnold Palmer and he's in his 80's.  Both my parents passed away years ago, my close friends' parents are passing, even my best friend's wife recently died of Cancer.  We are caring for my child bride's mother, but she is clearly in failing health and now in a nursing home/rehab center longing for an end to it all.  So I'm realizing that death will be the final milestone to my life and it can't be avoided.  : )

Of course most people know that before they hit 30, but then I've always been a slow learner!

Religions handle this ultimate scenario with peace and dignity and as a Christian I'm not dreading my passing but I'm certainly not rushing to meet my Maker either.  Still, the plain truth is that time points to it coming sooner rather than later (I'm 64, not 14).  Such thoughts lead to the fact that Death is truly the price you pay for being alive.  Given its the "ultimate" price, shouldn't you lead the "ultimate" life?  I think just about everyone would say yes to that, but then they would say it's all so complicated.  I wouldn't disagree with that, there are families to raise, social interactions, demands of work, you name it.  Lots of reasons to hop into that rut called getting to the next day, meeting all the obligations and demands of living your life.  So let me leave you with this thought, don't run from those obligations but  each day do one thing that makes you or someone you love happy.  Do that and when that final milestone in life occurs, you'll have every reason to have that smile on your face.

And if you really want to be happy about it all and truly enrich your life, rescue at least one dog (a Pug if you're really smart!) before you go.

God Bless you all.



  1. ah this post made my mom smile, mostly the last comment about rescuing a pug....very well said, and very heartfelt. My mom thinks about this also, and hopes that she is really living her life and not waiting around for it to happen...sometimes that can be rather blurry.
    stella rose

  2. Gampy you make me smile with your knowledge and zest for all things good.
    Love Noodles

  3. Very wise words, Gampy. We try to live life with no regrets. No regrets for the things we didn't do and none for the things we did do. We have to make our world a better place every day.

  4. Gampy, you are a very wise, wise man. These words are ones to love by, thank you.

    Scarlet and I had a lovely time with Christy at the Pug Fest (I'm sure you know this, but she is a wonderful gal). I think we were doing exactly what you were saying here, enjoying life and enjoying people who love pugs!

    Meredith & Scarlet

  5. Thank you Gampy, for your words of wisdom! They are a gentle reminder of what is important...We met Christy and Tim at SF Pug Sunday! Enjoying the new blog about Donald and Daisy:) And of course remembering dear Payton.
    Hope to meet you sometime if you come to the SF Bay Area,
    Eddie the Pug

    1. As a golf and wine fanatic, I'd love to get to that area and meeting you would be the icing on the cake!


  6. Hi Gampy!

    These are great words of wisdom.
    I think you have such a great outlook on life.

    -Dana, Daisy & Bruce

  7. Dear Gampy
    Thank you for letting your heart speak what it feels. I want to live just like you-- being happy with something everyday,,,, and sometimes it takes effort to feel that way- but you are so right--- and so thats what I want to do.

  8. Hi Gampy -
    You are definitely right - My dad and I do our best every day to try and make the world a better place through small steps. My dad says he likes walking me around the neighborhood because almost every one that sees me gets a smile on their face. It's nice to see that. I also hope my blog puts a smile on people's faces, or might make them forget their troubles for a little while. I think as you get older you definitely realize what is important in life. I wish you a long and healthy life, Gampy - you have so much to teach us!


    P.S. and you are 100% right about rescuing a pug! :)