CIRCLE THE LETTER “S”


I fill out forms all the time and they require one to reveal much personal information. One’s marital status is one such bit of information that is often asked for. Sixty five years ago, I had to adjust from “s” to “m’; two months ago I had to start the adjustment from “m” back to “s”. It is absolutely amazing to me how much such a simple act of penmanship – “circle one: S M” – can effect my mental state so powerfully, but it does! I have filled out many such forms in my eighty four years and up until two months ago was accomplished almost automatically. Now, when I reach the “s’ or “m” part, I go into my usual (now) tailspin of remembering some detail of our marriage life. Believe me, it is a bittersweet experience for me. I want with all my heart to remember every thing I can about Patty, but in so doing, I fall into the mental tailspin I so fear.   That is why I call the experience bittersweet.

 

Published by THE OLD MACHINIST

I am 87 years old and married for 65 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoyed my life and I am trying to look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity.

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