The next morning, as I was coming topside after having a breakfast full of all the things that had clogged the arteries in the first place, one of the little girls ran up to me saying “Grandpa, Grandpa!” I bent down and said “Yes?” She said, “I love this boat, can we stay here forever?” I looked her in the eye and said, “Sweetheart, if you want to stay here forever, you have to talk to Grandma — she is in charge of the money.” (This was not true but it sure made things interesting for Grandma the rest of the trip.)
I think we have grandchildren to help us face dying, knowing that the world will be in better hands. Surely they can do a better job than we have. The biggest job they face is cleaning up our messes so they can start from scratch.
I recommend to them that the first thing they should do is to toss out all the politicians. Corruption is so widespread that it is highly unlikely that anyone of them will be free from the splatter.
I wish I could leave them with a better world, but with all the problems, I figure if I depart without leaving or intensifying what is already there, I will have done them a favor.
As time goes by, I have no doubt that the grandkids will turn out all right and leave the world in better shape for the next generation.
After all, they come from good stock.
Henry Geerken is a three-time NYSUT award-winner writing humorous articles addressing retiree and senior citizen concerns. Geerken also writes for Sail-World, World Cruising Newsletter, regarding his many humorous sailing episodes through the years. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ‘Senior Scene’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/seniorscene.