Part of how I fill my time in retirement involves taking online classes. I go for the free ones, though , occasionally, I’ll part with US$50 for something of special appeal. Of late I’ve takenb writing courses intended for people planning to attend college or graduate school. I’ve done a couple from the University of California, one from the Technical University of Munich, one from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, and am currently in one from the University of Michigan Law School. A recent lesson on the “rule of three” asked students to come up with examples from literature, advertising and movies. Submissions included US Marine Corps recruiting slogans, quotations from Julius Caesar, and titles of children’s literature books. A sculpture garden in Holland, MI (where I reside) called to mind, “Lions and tigers and bears, Oh My!”
When we resettled here after four decades in Taiwan, we unpacked all of the stuff we brought with us. We discovered more than enough trophies and statues and plaques to make us exclaim, “Oh my!” Some became scattered throughout the house, but others fetched up on windowsills on the porch (a room that also came to hold other unused things that found corners out there). A recent decision to make that space “pleasant and usable called for the trophies, statues and plaques to be consigned to boxes, cabinets and drawers.
In a separate, but related, move, we updated our wills. That’s merely prudent for folks our age; getting our affairs in order before they have to be ordered. Our gewgaws and dust catchers will either become part of what eventually deal with when moving to a retirement facility or what our heirs will deal with should we not make that move. Oh my!
David Alexander takes online classes and ponders vain things in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.