April 14, 2012 Dear Julia, Happy birthday, my love! Today…
My step-sister Kimberely asked me to identify twenty things I wanted to do before I died. I decided to think up ten but could not get past eight. I did, however, come up with a lot that I had already done or did not wish to do.
Here is the list:
Read all the major Jane Austen novels, as well as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Little Women with my daughter when she is a pre-teen. I have always had difficulty with these tomes of feminine literature, but to plow through them with my daughter could be a shared joy. I look forward to it!
Retire someplace outside of California. Enjoy the autumn and winter of my life somewhere other than a place with a Third World dynamic of huge numbers of uneducated poor, a few filthy rich, and no middle class.
Give my daughter away at the altar… …on the day of her wedding.
Bicycle from New York City to Los Angeles. Truly it will be an adventure!
Bicycle down from San Francisco to Laguna Beach. Perhaps as a warm-up for cross-country trip.
Enjoy a romantic trip with Maria to Italy. The Amalfi Coast and a vespa!
See Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri die violent deaths. Hopefully at the hands of their coreligionists, if not the U.S. Government.
Make games out of memorizing famous poems with Julia… …as a routine part of her childhood.
I enjoyed making up this list which took much reflection to come up with, although I have no immediate plans to expire.
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