Saturday, August 23, 2014


“One and the same human being is, at various ages, under various circumstances, a totally different human being.”

Solzhenitsyn:  The Gulag Archipelago

Only my wife hasn't changed.
She is still the beautiful young woman I married. 

I am not a vain person.   I rarely study myself in a mirror.   My hair is curly so I never comb it – I just wet my hands and run them through my hair when I splash water in my face each morning after I wake up.  I never trim my beard or get a haircut until my wife complains that I am starting to look shaggy.  The few times I do look in a mirror I see a stranger looking back.

It has occurred to me that I am a totally different person – an incarnation of who I once was.  I have the same DNA of that earlier person, but there the likeness ends.   I do not look the same: my hair is silver, my ears are larger, my facial features are different, I am less physically fit.   The difference doesn’t end there: I have totally different values, different goals, different priorities, different likes and dislikes, and I am smarter than that younger person. 

I am in no way like my younger incarnation. 

 the Ol'Buzzard


  1. You and your wife are an attractive couple! Sounds like you aged well.

  2. Ditto here, as well. As far as I can tell, I am in my fifth me...child, teen, twenties fool, middle-earth and currently, wrinkled, sagging but content and seasoned turdy. Since I gave up the beard back there in middle-earth, I shave...daily...which requires a mirror...which tells no lies.

  3. I tried to grow a beard once...I'm not sure, but that's when my leprechaun dna starts to exhibit itself. I have had a goatee type thing for years, it's actually my Frank Zappa memorial goatee...I grew it when he has gone from dark to white. The biggest regret I have in this incarnation is going bald..I earned every line and wrinkle the hard way!

  4. your wife is so pretty, and you look pretty damn good your ownself..

  5. You guys are so cute!
    I just started on a new version within the last couple of months I think but I really don't know who or what this one is about so much but I have noticed she is kinder but remains just as quick to anger. At the same time, she no longer has the energy to hold onto that anger. :)


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