Blog post contributed by Barbara B.
I was listening to “The Beatles” on Alexa and had to stop to laugh out loud when I heard “When I’m 64”. I remember that song so clearly and used to sing it very tongue-in-cheek. I was 15 when the Sgt’s Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band album came out. I was living in Honolulu, learning to play the guitar ( I wanted to be Joan Baez) and laughed at the thought I could ever be “that” old. I couldn’t imagine losing my long blond hair and certainly would never, ever be lonely enough to join a club. We lived in an upstairs condo and I shared the turn table (stereo record player) that was in the living room with my two older sisters and mother. I remember wanting to turn the sound up but was not allowed. I had to wait to visit my friend Leilani who had her own bedroom in the basement of her home. We would blast the album to our heart’s content. We’d read the words on the back of the cover and cried when “She’s leaving home” played. Later we’d silently whisper to each other how we hoped a “boy” would ask us out to tea, just like the Lovely Rita Meter Maid.
Back then, in 1967 my AM radio was my companion. My older sisters were out of school and not around. We used slide rulers for complicated math equations. The Vietnam war was still in full swing and our TV was black and white with three channels. Man had orbited the earth but not yet landed on the moon. Sun burns were in and we lathered ourselves with baby oil to brown to perfection. Mini skirts were all the rage with fish net stockings. You had to pay for a long distance phone call, so they were rare.
I resonated with the “64” song because I knew at 15 what it meant to long for something not identifiable. My sadness stemmed from missing my father who was off at war, longed for my friends (4 legged and others) that I left behind to relocate to paradise. The culture although beautiful, was foreign to me and the city buzzed all day and night. The stars were hard to see unless we went to the Pali, high on the windward cliff. I longed for the green hills of Maryland, snow, the whiff of a shaggy pony and even mud. I missed knowing what my life was suppose to be. I believed at the time my feeling of wanting to be needed was only temporary and that being out of step with the other teens was due to my constant moves and relocations then feeling and being different.
Now I laugh with the lyrics and realize how much has changed but then how little has really changed. Love is still important. Longing is not obsolete. Promises are made and broken. So the following is my attempt to be funny and tongue-in-cheek at the young age of 66. See my comments italicized after the original song lyrics.
When I get older losing my hair – who really cares unless it’s from cancer,
Will you still be sending me Valentines, birthday greetings, bottle of wine – Just the wine please.
If I’d been out till quarter to three, would you lock the door? – I don’t and have never locked the door, so what, and 3 in the afternoon is not that late.
Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m 64. – We share our meals most of the time, and you can go ahead and eat if I don’t make it home in time.
I could be handy mending a fuse, When your lights have gone. – Please do and while your at it grab the scented oil.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside and Sunday mornings go for a ride – I’ll make a lap wrap for the senior center and then take a long trail ride after you hitch up the trailer.
Send me a post card, drop me a line, Stating point of view. –Just please no political opinions
Indicate precisely what you mean to say, Yours sincerely wasting away – Please get to the point already, later we’ll go to the river to kayak, then stop and eat a salad and later have a triple dip ice cream cone.
Give me an answer, fill in the form – get off of Facebook and talk to me!
Mine for evermore – yes, dear of course
Will you still need me – yes, Will you still feed me –Its your turn to cook,
When I’m 64 – 64’s not that old ask me at 90 🙂
Do you have a favorite song? Take it down and dust it off. See how it resonates with your life now. Feel young again and be grateful for your time on earth.
Enough nostalgia, time for me to get going, feed the horses, mow the field and pick the green beans for dinner. Ta, ta for now.
Barbara is the president of Wayfinding with Horses, Inc. trained in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method, a retired Professional Engineer and Qi Gong Instructor but mostly she is a woman passionate about horses, their wellbeing and their gift of being present. The horses help her clients to trust their true nature and lead from the heart. Clients often report a heightened awareness of their surroundings and others while experiencing a deeper, more profound understanding of their relationships and connection to others. Barbara lives at Wayfinding Farm, located near Ocala Florida.