With age comes wisdom, respect, experience, insight into your strengths and weaknesses, gratefulness, humility, sharpened abilities, accumulated skillsets, and things you may have acquired that I can’t even list or enumerate. Hand-in-hand with age, the garden of life also plants less productive things like cognitive decline, realization of your mortality, forgetfulness, aches and pains, change, and other things that elude my ability to ascertain.

I have worn eyewear for the last eight years now. I was fortunate to make it past the age of fifty before my close-in vision lost its ability to resolve minute details. Luckily, my distance vision has remained above average, which is not a brag but a true blessing I greatly appreciate.

Mark J. Tidwell is librarian in Jellico.