The first is that I am another year older. That is obvious to me every day. The waist inevitably expands, and I vow to start doing twenty-five sit ups and twenty-five crunches every day. I’ll make the same vow next year, I’m almost sure. I look in the mirror and see a few more grey hairs, or the fact that there are fewer hairs atop the head today than there were yesterday. I vow to look into some dye, at least for the moustache. I view the expanded forehead as a sign that wisdom and knowledge are expanding. My 14-year old daughter, Adriana, would take issue with that.
The second thing that comes to mind is that Christmas is on its way. If I am going to play my violin during the Holiday Season I need to get to work on some Holiday music. It’s time to start researching what is available and to start making decisions as to what I will play. This year I think I’m going to look for some fun stuff to play rather than just (in the words of my daughter) “churchy, serious” stuff.