Thursday, April 20, 2017

Update

Since the photo over there to the right is nearly seven years old, I thought you might like to see what we look like today.

Here we are, Mr. and Mrs. Rhymeswithplague, outside our church on Easter Sunday morning:


Mrs. RWP is as beautiful as ever. I may be a bit longer in the tooth, but I am still hanging in there. Either my head is shrinking or my ears are growing.

Robert Browning probably summed it up best: "Grow old along with me! / The best is yet to be, / The last of life, for which the first was made."

We are not throwing in the towel just yet. We hope to be around for a while longer yet.

Stay tuned.

(Editor's note. I definitely am slipping slowing down, though. I let April 18th go by without once mentioning Paul Revere's 1775 ride or even Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and I let April 19th go by without mentioning the Battles of Lexington and Concord in our little spat with George III or even Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1837 poem "Concord Hymn" -- you know, the one that begins "By the rude bridge that arched the flood, / Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, / Here once the embattled farmers stood / And fired the shot heard 'round the world". I shall try to do better by you in the future. --RWP)

17 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

I notice that Mrs Brague was holding a handbag (American: purse) containing the little personal things she required. May I assume that your own handbag was hidden behind Mrs Brague's back? I think I can guess what it might contain... a comb, scissors for emergency beard trimming, soft wipes for your spectacles and the complete Oxford Dictionary of English in twenty volumes.

rhymeswithplague said...

Yorkshire Pudding, you know me too well. Actually, my 20-volume edition of the OED and many other reference sources are always at my fingertips thanks to my handy-dandy smart phone.

Emma Springfield said...

You both look fantastic. And you can be forgiven for not mentioning those bits of history. I hope we are all familiar with them. And your Bicycle Day post gave me some new knowledge.

rhymeswithplague said...

Thank you, Emma, both for the compliment and for the forgiveness. Wait, you didn't say I am forgiven, only that I can be. Either way, it's good to know.

Elephant's Child said...

That is one gorgeous photo.

rhymeswithplague said...

Thank you, Sue! I agree, about the left half anyway.

Shooting Parrots said...

You both appear to be in rude health, assuming that you don't think such a personal comment to be rude.

rhymeswithplague said...

Ian, I was unfamiliar with the phrase so used Google to learn that it is British idiom for "strong and healthy" -- so thank you very much! Of course, outward appearance does not reveal my macular degeneration or the wife's two artificial knees.

Snowbrush said...

I was positively thrilled to see that you had posted a new photo. I really can't see that you've changed much, and I doubt that anyone but you noted the size of your ears.

rhymeswithplague said...

Snow! It is good to hear from you. I was joking (sort of) about my ears, although I would have preferred smaller ears that lay flatter against my head instead of prominent ones that make me look like a car going down the street with doors open on both sides. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything.

All Consuming said...

Oh I am pleased to see a new and recent photo! You both look brilliant, and have beautiful smiles! x

rhymeswithplague said...

Michelle, if I believe our friend Snowbrush above that we haven't changed much, then coupled with your observation we both must have looked brilliant for the past seven years! But all of our cells have been replaced since then, haven't they? Still, I thank you for your very kind thoughts.

Snowbrush said...

“I was joking (sort of) about my ears, although I would have preferred smaller ears…”

I felt that way about my ears when I was a kid. I was also embarrassed that I was skinny all over but especially my legs. Peggy says she was embarrassed by her nose and her crooked teeth, but I don’t even see that her nose is unusual, and as for her teeth, I find them endearing. Now, I’m embarrassed by my age spots, and other raised brownish “growths” that ugly up my face and body. My Granny had them, so I know where I got mine. I guess when you consider your ears, you might remind yourself that Clark Gable was considered sexy.

"But all of our cells have been replaced since then, haven't they?"

Well there you go, it's all those new cells that keep you looking young whereas my cells are so old that they walk with canes and wear hearing aides.

Hilltophomesteader said...

Wow. I hardly know what to say after reading all the previous comments! You both look fabulous. I'm sure we all have something about ourselves that we don't particularly like....perhaps it keeps us humble? You both radiate the life and joy that knowing Jesus as Savior causes! It appears we will not meet in this lifetime, my friend, since I have no desire to travel across this mighty continent, but can we sit at a table in Heaven and talk face to face over coffee? I'm pretty sure we're kindred spirits :-)

rhymeswithplague said...

Pam/H.H., thanks for calling us fabulous! Doesn't that word means unreal, based on fable? Assuming that we do not meet in this lifetime, and also assuming that citizens of Heaven sit at tables and drink coffee (although that is by no means certain), it's a date! Provided that Mrs. RWP is invited as well, of course.

Snowbrush said...

"Pam/H.H., thanks for calling us fabulous! Doesn't that word means unreal, based on fable?"

Some people simply can't take a compliment! Your esteemed reader simply meant to say (in the words of Fernando Lamas), "You look marvelous, darling!" and I would agree. Just think of how (much worse) you look if you had died six months ago.

rhymeswithplague said...

Snowy, you are right. If we had died six months ago we would be starting to look terrific (having the ability to terrify, like those zombies in The Walking Dead).