Facebook can be cruel in other ways than just censorship. While we were hunkered down in an indoor vegetative state on this cold, snowy winter weekend, they tried to entice me into a pity party with this suggested flashback of one of my favorite toys. It inflamed my retirement ennui at a vulnerable moment—mid-January in Ohio—but only briefly. If we still had this plane—a Piper Turbo Arrow—we could have escaped this weekend to Siesta Key, FL, (our home in the ‘80’s), for pizza at Mr. Gatti’s and ice cream at Big Olaf’s Friday night, spent Saturday soaking the cold out of our bones on the world’s best beach and been back in Ohio for worship Sunday evening, knowing the whole time that no matter how long we lingered we could not miss our flight home.  Sigh… Alas, an impossible dream at this age­—I’m not super-confident in two dimensions, and three would be foolhardy. 

The hallmark of codger daydreams is nostalgic memories. This pic evokes many, with son in the co-pilot seat, not yet tall enough to see over the instrument panel, and wife and infant daughter, the most relaxed flyer in the family, in the back: Bahamas, Florida’s Gulf Coast and California’s Big Sur at 1000’ MSL just offshore—breathtaking Divine artistry.  They and many more float through my housebound reverie.  It’s the Holy Spirit’s way of reminding me of the amazing grace He has showered on my life. I knew it then, I know it now, and the best by far is yet to come. A Midwestern winter may be grim, but beloved family in the neighborhood (that infant daughter and her family) is an overwhelming compensation—the reason we’re here. I am grateful!  What God has foreordained I would not deign to change.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever” (Psalm 23:6).

See you in church.


  1. anna Says:

    Love this! ❤️ Good memories!

    Sent from my iPad



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