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How could he have had a child so late in life? When can a man rest?

Updated on July 2, 2013

He had 3 children before and was happy to live out life.

This is a story of a man given a gift. He prayed for other gifts but was happy not to have received them. He knew the trouble a gift could bring. Oh by golly he prayed for health and wealth for others, but knew they were not a good thing for him. Pain, tribulation and impoverishment were friends that could be counted on, and in fact kept him happy as he grew into his half century.

Problems are for other people is how the viewed it, his favorite quote was from Kipling: Meet tragedy and triumph and treat those two imposters just the same. He had come to see that whenever something rose up and took something from him that left him free to pursue something new. Truth be told the probably had 30 different jobs by 50 and had only been fired once.

And we know he had had love and lost it and mourned fiercely but only to come out loving more fiercely. Possessions had come and gone and health had come and gone and comeback around again just like the possessions.

Somewhere around 45 he had gotten SARS and was in a land where treatment was feeble. During that suffering he met so many more who suffered far worse that through meditation he learned that pain is real but suffering is optional.


One cannot be sure if the sun is rising or setting

If you just look at the picture, without expectation of the future or ties to the past what then is every moment?
If you just look at the picture, without expectation of the future or ties to the past what then is every moment? | Source

You see the man was a problem resolver. Yes, someone who fixed other's problems.

The phone would ring and a client he had not heard nor thought of for 30 years called and had a problem. And the man would have work. Oh my,, dead bodies are for movies. Though he had seen his share.

But divorces that would ruin a business, or cops with a conflict of interest, or multinational corps who needed to do business with North Korea or Iran.

And now he was feeling settled with problems like mortgages and neighbor disputes and local zoning problems or insurance issues. I would say around fifty he was starting to relax.

And so it came to be that his wife came to him and said "God has blessed with an Angel"

A child was conceived that the doctors had said was impossible. Not for one second did the man suffer shock or lack of confidence that the child was heaven sent. Not for one second did the man think of the absurdity of being a father to a newborn while in his fifties. The celebration of new life immediate and now 3.5 years later has not ceased. Changes in lifestyle increase in work to handle the bills. More time spent in the moment.

Now somehow someway the body of the man grew younger and energy increased. For sometimes we say God will not give you more than you can handle -- and that makes it's point. But really in the man's eye he understood "God will only give me what I could not handle yesterday but never as much as I can handle tomorrow".

Can we start anew at 50+?

As an infant: would you like to have a 25 year old parent or a 55 year old parent?

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Well just as you would imagine, patience and love were abundant as only the older can give.

Think this way, no problem the child, a boy, could create, cause or face was new to the dad. Imagine a dad who does not freak during the opening kick off when a two year old runs naked screaming between him and the TV all the while peeing. Sigh - been there done that "come here you little monster" so dad can hug and love and carry while getting things to clean with and remembering 1,000 opening kick offs including ones he had played in. But all the while realizing that this boy had never ever done that before. How fun, to be a part of new life.

New Songs. Songs that were very old and from the childhood of the man, who were they the best? for, the child or the man. New shiny toys just like the man had had as a boy and some even old ones that he had had. Who did that bring out the child in.

And walks around the home holding hands and seeing things the man had not seen for years and new colors and shapes and even names for fishes and the glory of a spider or the mysteries of the dark. Who led who by the hand?

Growth. Could it be that an accomplished able man and a child can learn and grow and celebrate life together, holding hands and hugging and wowed by even a leaf or a blade of grass not to mentioned birds and cool tools like pliers?

Why was this Buddha so happy with 7 children crawling all over?

A sculpture story from one burl of wood
A sculpture story from one burl of wood | Source

And so I go looking for the life this man has.

I hope this story inspires for others to go out and do whatever it takes to look life anew in the face every day. You do not need to think out of the box. You need to reexamine that which is in your box. Present it to the world new and fresh every day.

this looks fun I have never done a table

Love
happiness
joy
hard work
Let go let God
learning
excitement
achievement
sharing
giving
sacrifice
calm

Tree of Life

Happiness is a mat, that used to sit in my doorway, Now I picked up and framed and think of the friends that walked there on their way in my home.
Happiness is a mat, that used to sit in my doorway, Now I picked up and framed and think of the friends that walked there on their way in my home. | Source

Please Please Please

Hug somebody or maybe some pet. Then try to look at the world through their eyes and try to give them what they need.

A little help here pals

All characters herein are fictitious and Victorious

Perhaps there is a bit of myself in this hub. Perhaps not. Perhaps it is just my crazy Pollyanna bad memory that helps me to write in such a way. Here is a crazy one; one day I day dreamed that I had too much love --- crazy I know but I got up from that field of clover and gave it away in hurry so as not to have too much.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      True-to-life story. A gift is a gift whenever it comes. Some come when we least expect them, then we discover how useful they are.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks MsDora, I do believe you are right.

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      Well there's still hope for this old boy yet at the age of 55 who has never been married and never had any children but seriously and a big Hubwow, Sir Eric, I can't think of anyone who visits you on your hallowed hubpage and doesen't come away inspired, moved and touched by your words here.

      You are always an inspiration to me and it's a unique writing style you have that can't be taught at writing school - you just have a natural gift of communicating your thoughts through the channel of the written word and as you go through this life you always speak so eloquently and profoundly about it.

      Sending you 3 big Canadian hugs to you on this fourth of July and I hope sincerely all is well with you and your family today

      Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel

      lake erie time 4:33pm

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My home knows that I am made better by Colin. I am shaped and modeled and learn and grow. If you think you are without child --- stop thinking. I am just a child of yours.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I know why a person may feel joy with even one child around. They make us wise and have this "thingamajig" to chase away worries. Reading this takes me to:

      Psalm 92

      12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,

      they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;

      13 planted in the house of the Lord,

      they will flourish in the courts of our God.

      14 They will still bear fruit in old age,

      they will stay fresh and green,

      15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;

      he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

      Be blessed dear brother

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      OOH! My darling this man I speak of knows depression,,,, and he looks at it and laughs. For he has been given the gift of a child and there is never doubt.

      I always feel really good and blessed when you drop by and comment. Everybody should give Lastheart a look at http://hubpages.com/@lastheart

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Eric thanks... it was worth the curiosity of what other comment you had in this hub...and here I find this last one, so nice of you. Thanks!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lastheart. I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      When someone gives us a gift, we say thank you. And then we hope we can figure out what to do with it! :-D

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truth that! Thank you Lurana. Those are words to live by.

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      B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA

      Eric,

      I had to read some of your work after reading your comment to Epi today. This was surely inspirational to everyone, be it a child or anything life gives us unexpected. I really appreciated how positive this article was.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much B.A.. I must admit I generally have to write in the positive just so I do not get in the negative. Yeah, that was a cool gift Sir Colin wrote about today. And you were a gift to come by and say hi.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Eric- A wonderful, mystical, encouraging, earthy, full of truth Hub. At first I felt sorry, depressed that I had not read it sooner. Then I felt joy and pleasure that I could read it Now. Now is a good time to read to smile, to grow. Thank you for this particular Now in my life. Sharing. Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am over in the wooded area of your new Cabin. Just sitting there and being happy with the beauty of your land. God has placed it in good hands.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Pleased you are enjoying the forest around our cabin. You are welcome any time. Sitting on the front porch or the dock and watching the river slowly amble by is very restful. Strolling through the pasture with its two or three magnificent trees and watching the universe of birds come and go is also a spiritual experience. Join us any time you can. We do hope to be good stewards and we are so appreciative of God's generosity in giving us responsibility for this parcel of his creation. Take care. Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa, I was at your cabin! My mind can travel me there. Our cabin is a homestead that we bought/got from the original second owners. The first were Paiutes but more like Navajo. We have it in trust. The biggest deal in the trust is to maintain it natural. It is only five acres. About 4 miles up from Sedona.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Interesting and creative write. Very thought provoking. Life has its surprises and it's how we accept those surprises that makes for a good and happy life.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like em. Surprises, problems and triumphs they all seem the same to me. Thanks for riding on my roller coaster and leaving a nice note.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, life give us surprises and they are little blessings in disguise and being the older age, we tend, as for myself, to not "freak out" as we would have back in our younger days. We are now able to focus on those little things in life that truly matter in the grand scheme of things called life.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fatith, thankyou for such a wonderful thoughtful comment. (although I expect nothing lesss from you) I really like the term "drama queen" it just makes me giggle. We do grow into not sweating the small stuff. The cool part is that God builds us in such a way that instead being jaded -- we end up enjoying the small stuff. That is a miraculous design.

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      Shannon 15 months ago from Texas

      I like this one. What more can I say? Plain and simple, it's great. Great message, true or not.

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