I’m happy today!

My older sister checked out of a rehab hospital Monday in New Braunfels after a weeklong stay, following more than a week in the hospital battling COVID-19. Her health started to change the week before Winter Storm Uri, and once the worst of that storm passed, she tested positive and was admitted to the hospital. My brother-in-law tested positive, as well, but his case didn’t require hospitalization.

Like many of you who have had family members or friends stricken by COVID, many prayers were answered.

Tragically, not everyone’s experience has ended on a positive note.

This virus has been indiscriminate in who it attacks.

Let us hope and pray the end of it is near, and we can go back to living the way we did pre-pandemic.

During her time in the hospital my 90-year-old parents, who live in a nursing home in the same city, were pretty subdued.

Now my dad is starting to send funny emails again, as well as ones that have special meaning to him. He’s a retired preacher, so we all expect such messages from time to time.

An email he sent Monday showed a picture of two sunflower plants facing each other. The caption read, “Sunflowers follow the sun, but did you know when it’s cloudy and gray they face each other and share their energy? Imagine if we did this too.”

I don’t think that one needs much explanation. Families should take that message to heart. It wouldn’t be a bad idea if our government officials in D.C. adopted that behavior, as well.

The other email my dad sent right after my sister was released was filled with cute little sayings, under the message, “You may appreciate these more two years from now.”

You might relate to some of the following:

• Having plans sounds like a good idea until you have to put on clothes and leave the house.

• It’s weird being the same age as old people.

• When I was a kid I wanted to be older … this is not what I expected.

• Life is like a helicopter.  I don’t know how to operate a helicopter.

• It’s probably my age that tricks people into thinking I’m an adult.

• Marriage Counselor: Your wife says you never buy her flowers.  Is that true?

Me: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.

• Never sing in the shower!  Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked.  So, remember … Don’t sing!

• If 2021 was a math word-problem:  If you’re going down a river at two mph and your canoe loses a wheel, how much pancake mix would you need to re-shingle your roof?

• I see people about my age mountain climbing. I feel good getting my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

• We can all agree that in 2016 not a single person got the answer correct to, “Where do you see yourself five years from now?”

• If you can’t think of a word, say, “I forgot the English word for it.”  That way people will think you’re bilingual instead of an idiot.

• I’m at a place in my life where errands are starting to count as going out.

• Coronacoaster (noun):  the ups and downs of a pandemic.  One day you’re loving your bubble, doing work outs, baking banana bread and going for long walks and the next you’re crying, drinking gin for breakfast, and missing people you don’t even like.

• I’m at that age where my mind still thinks I’m 29, my humor suggests I’m 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I’m sure I’m alive.

• Don’t be worried about your smart phone or TV spying on you.  Your vacuum cleaner has been collecting dirt on you for years.

• I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event.

• I don’t always go the extra mile, but when I do it’s because I missed my exit.

• How many of us have looked around our family reunion and thought, “Well aren’t we just two clowns short of a circus?”

• You don’t realize how old you are until you sit on the floor and then try to get back up.

• We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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