The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me, an early member of the Baby Boom generation.  We Boomers were born after our dads got back from World War II.  My dad was too young to serve in WWII, but he wasn’t too young chip in a couple of babies to the Baby Boom generation in the years following the war.

I was born in the forties, a kid in the fifties, graduated high school in the sixties, and juggled college & the military in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  In 1972, I graduated from college, received an honorable discharge after 6 years in the military, got married, and started a career.  Still got the same wife.  Retired in 2012 from the same company that hired me in 1972.

I’ve kept a journal since January 1, 1972.  I’ve found that the days may go slow but the years go fast.

I can sum up everything I have learned about life in three words:  It Goes On – Robert Frost

It was my 7th grade Home Room teacher, Mrs. Simmons, that introduced me to Robert Frost.

Not Literally.  Although she could have if she had had the pull.  He was still alive when I was in the 7th grade.  In fact, Robert Frost spoke at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy on January 20, 1961.  I was halfway through 7th grade.  The esteemed Mr. Frost was nearing 87 at the time.  His performance was not flawless.  As he began to read a poem, he struggled with the small typewritten print.

“I’ll just have to get through it the best I can!” he said graciously to laughter from the audience and newly-inaugurated President Kennedy.

Fifty-seven years later I have a greater appreciation for large print myself.  Thank God for iPads where I can pick my own font size when I read!

I don’t know if it was after JFK’s inauguration or some other occasion that Mr. Frost uttered what has become my favorite quote of his.   That was when he said he could sum up everything he had learned about life in three words – “It goes on!”

Thanks for joining me in this, my first post on my new blog.  I appreciate your patience as I bumble along and try to learn how to make the tools available with this blog work as intended.

As Mr. Frost said, “I’ll just have to get through this the best I can”.  

I hope you will join me.

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Author: ABoomer

Baby Boomer, Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Hiker, Biker (Non-motorized variety), Walker, Oregon Trail Historian, Reader, Road Tripper, Lover of Nature, Believer in God & the Power of Faith & Prayer & John 3:16

4 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

    1. Thanks, Wayne! I used to blog a lot but as you well know, it takes a lot of time. That’s why I appreciate all the work you do to keep everyone informed about your hike. You inspired me (along with Val’s nagging) to try to get it going again.

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