It's been a heavy summer for me.
A mid-20's man has aggressive brain cancer.
An early 40's man has aggressive leukemia.
A mid-20's man just died in an ATV accident.
And the list goes on...
I found myself looking at a group of men in their 70's smiling and drinking a beer at a nearby brewery and thinking "someone people do make it to their 70's).
On one hand it felt depressing and pessimistic but on the other I found myself appreciating the elderly for the monuments to hope and longevity and life and gratefulness that we all seek.
The elderly are not some kind of reminder of the frailty of life as much as they are reminders of the gift of it.