My 88-year-old Dad just planted a new variety of apple tree in his back yard because he “likes to watch them grow and bear fruit”. appleHe already has several fruit trees and enjoys nurturing them through the various seasons. He’s had some success with grafting and at one point had four varieties of apples on a single tree. Obviously he doesn’t put much stock in the old adage about not buying green bananas. After all, my parents only go grocery shopping once a week so bananas have to be green to last.

Still living in and managing your own home and garden at 88 is commendable. Dad still cuts his own grass and with the help of a snowblower he clears his own driveway in the winter. When the snow on the roof was reaching unsafe levels, he carved a path to the front window so he could reach part of the roof with the snow rake to pull the weight off the roof. He also cleared a path in the deep snow to the end of his garden so he could cart out their daily organic waste to the compost bin. My parents eat fresh vegetables from their garden all summer and into the fall and winter. And now he has a new apple tree to tend to.

Looking forward to watching our little tree become a somebody some day.
Looking forward to watching our little tree become a somebody some day.

I hope my Dad’s optimism and love of such simple things as a tree is still with me when I’m 88.  We planted a rather sad little weeping cyprus tree at our house and as I watch it grow into into a beautiful tree in the years to come, I’ll be reminded of my father and his optimistic little apple tree.

Father’s Day is a chance for those of us who still have our fathers to be thankful for what we have and for those who have lost their fathers, to be thankful for what they had. After all, they’re the roots of our family tree.






Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

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  1. Nicely written….. cherished memories like these bring peace to our souls as we age and help complete us.

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