Day 2590: Questions for the ride home

Yesterday, on my birthday (which was the first international palindrome day in 909 years)  …

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… I saw this at a local performance of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical:

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That reminded me of seeing plays and movies with my parents when I was a kid, when we always had questions and discussions on the ride (or  walk) home.

Here’s how I would answer that second question for the ride home:

I’m already angry or concerned enough to speak up, protest, march, or become an activist for change. MY question is, “Why aren’t YOU?”

Do you have any questions for the ride or walk home about my new cover photo on Facebook?

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Do you have any questions about my other photos from yesterday?

Do you have any sitting-on-the-sofa questions for Harley?

Some people on Facebook had questions about what I posted there the day before my birthday:

On my last day of being 66, it occurs to me that I am now entering the time of life that when I die, nobody will say, “Oh no! She was so young!”

I answered those questions by writing these lyrics for a new song:

NOT TOO YOUNG TO DIE

I’m not too young to die,
’cause I’m over 65,
Yet I plan to stay around for lots more years.

Young is not a word
That is regularly heard
By my aging but still operating ears.

You might call me old,
But I’ll just be staying bold
And enjoying every moment left to me.

No one knows how long
I’ll be here to sing my song,
So I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see.

© Ann Koplow, 2020

There are questions in this song from Hair.

How can people be so heartless?  How can people be so cold?  How can people have no feelings?

I don’t have the answers to those questions but I am unquestionably grateful for every day I’m alive and for YOU.

 

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18 thoughts on “Day 2590: Questions for the ride home

  1. I think your bumper sticker rocks for our age, Ann.

  2. All these are questions may be too overwhelming for Harley lama.

  3. I am surprised that men have to register for the draft in the States and that, given that men register, women don’t have to.

    I think that all of us, in our own way, are activists for change. We aren’t always working on changing the same things, but we work towards solving the problems we can see, using the tools we have developed.

    Happy day after your birthday

  4. I just remembered that from 1990 to 1993, in the midst of the Bosnian war, a troupe in Sarajevo put on a production of Hair nearly every day. I have no questions about that–it just makes me happy that music brought people together at such a terrible time, but that does make me think of a question. How soon can we hear your new song?

  5. On trips in the car I like to close my eyes and think of nothing

  6. I love the “Any functioning adult for 2020.” It’s been a while since I’ve been on WordPress. Glad to see you’re still writing. Keep on keeping on!

  7. The video is wonderful. I missed that movie, “Hair.” Now I wanna see it! I agree that in today’s political world of the USA, “I’m already angry or concerned enough to speak up, protest, march, or become an activist for change.” Somethin’s gotta give!

  8. I think you only die young if you’re under 85. You have a way to go Ann.

  9. I’ve seen Hair a couple of times, including when I was still in high school. Then again, about five years ago. As much as it is set in a particular time in our history, the words and tone of the lyrics still feel relevant. When asked about my 2020 candidate, I’ve been saying “anyone with a pulse” will do. We’d have to define “functioning,” since my threshold at the moment is really low. LOL!

    Love the words to your song, Ann. I keep saying I plan to live to be 100, and then I have the option of renewing my lease at that point. I think I might as well put that intention out there. It can’t hurt. 🙂

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