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Walking along, singing my song

I’ve taken up walking. Lots of walking.

For the past couple of months I’ve walked from home “to town” at least once a weekend. Sometimes I walk to the grocery store, the drug store or to the library.

I wear a pedometer clipped to my waist band — a gift from one of my sons — that keeps track of how many steps I take. A robotic voice (I call her “Scary”) breaks the silence of my walk to announce when I’ve made it another thousand steps. Yesterday she screeched, “Six-thousand,” as I stood in a check-out line, causing a few heads to turn. “Scary” startles me back to reality for a second, then I forget about her and keep walking.

Walk through Crescent City early on a Saturday or Sunday and you can hear your footsteps, your breath. The quiet affords me the opportunity to think. Lately, thoughts of my mortality chase my shadow. Getting older. Getting closer. Inevitable, isn’t it?

I walk and think how lucky I am. Sure my left knee hurts and my feet get a little cranky, but I’m still walking. I think about my girlfriends fighting cancer, the cancer that took our mothers, the heart disease that killed my dad at 69, and I keep walking. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t apprehensive. Another birthday’s right around the corner.

One of my favorite actresses, Cloris Leachman, just celebrated her 87th birthday. Eighty-seven! I loved her character Phyllis Lindstrom on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Mary tossed her hat into the air to the tune of “You’re gonna make it after all” for the last time on March 19, 1977. I was 26 years old and pregnant with my twins.


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