Twenty Minute Drum Solo

Yesterday, writing about my green eyes stopping traffic in China, I had to get a photo of said eyes. The thing is, along with the eyes, came my face. I’m nearly seventy years old, and I can’t expect to look like I’m not and the forecast is older, not younger. Still, I’m always shocked by the image.

I coulda’ combed my hair after being out in the wind, but it was all about the eye…

My best friends here in Monte Vista are around my age. Without many heart-to-heart conversations, we know a lot about each other. Actions are revelatory. Last year, during the worst part of my disability from my hip arthritis, the three of us went to a flea market where I saw skis just like my old back-country skis. They seemed to reach for me. I reached back and cradled them in my arms, not totally aware that I had just discovered something important about myself. It was more than nostalgia; it was identity.

“You’re going to ski, Martha?” asked E, astonished at what I was doing.

She saw into my heart at that moment. The old lady carapace fell from me momentarily, and E saw another Martha. Since that moment, she’s been the staunch champion of my geriatric ski dreams.

The Old Skis. The painting is the trail up to Garnet Peak in the Laguna Mountains in San Diego County with X-Country ski tracks.

One of my best friends, Lilliana Braico, is 93. She’s amazing, brave, inspiring, strong, beautiful. She’s an artist, still producing art. Her life has been like a film — and that includes tragedy. I love her very much and I’m so lucky to have her in my life, a beacon in the road ahead.

One of my favorite paintings by Lilliana Braico. She sent me the print. ❤

So, I’m an old lady. My “red Ferrari” is a pair of new skis that come out when the weather and snow are right and my bum knee is doing well. The trails were groomed again yesterday and I plan to head out this afternoon when it “warms” up.

I still crank up the radio when the classics’ station in Denver I occasionally listen to plays Steppenwolf even though in the interval (interval!) since 1967 I’ve loved a lot of other music.

My first husband said to me, after throwing my Steppenwolf albums into the dumpster, “There’s more to life than a 20 minute drum solo.”

Actually, that’s pretty much what life is. Play it loud.

34 thoughts on “Twenty Minute Drum Solo

  1. Mr. Swiss must be leading a perfect life, as his life consists of many drum solos, but mostly in the hobby room in the cellar. By the way I love that painting. It is what I would call a wake up painting and really hits you in the eye. I admire your skiing abilities. I have been living in this Swiss country for 50 years and have never stood on skis.

  2. He threw your albums in the dumpster⁉️Anyway, you keep on proving there is more to life than that twenty minutes,your determined green eyes is proof positive. All your friends thin you are amazing too❤️
    * think

  3. Wonderful post! Your friend’s painting is so charming, love how she captured the greens and blues. Throwing Steppenwolf into the dumpster, really? No accounting for taste!

  4. New skis, new Martha. You look so fit. I think a good many westerners would also want to check out your green eyes, Martha. Very unusual.

    Your friend’s painting is wonderful. It would look at home in any aussie’s lounge room.

  5. He threw your albums in the dumpster?! I would have followed suit with him! Rockin’ out to the classics–oh, yeah!!! We may get older, but our hearts stay forever young.

  6. Throwing albums in the dumpster is sacrilegious. And Steppenwolf especially. That’s just nasty plain and simple. Good for you getting the skis!
    I enjoyed your post. 🙂

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