|Gizha complex shows the light and sound that changes just like life - wikimedia commons|
"Gordie, I know it feels so good to be here on this couch, listenin' to the sounds of chirpin' birds and smellin' Granny's cookin'." He's half asleep now, half on my lap with his legs hung over the legs of the sofa, and I wonder how much he hears.
Everyone wonders about tomorrow, I know, even when you get old. But tomorrow means there is another day and every day brings some new learning and the light that helps us grow. We aren't dead weeds that crumble in the shade, then sink into the ground. We are like birds that fly, like trees that grow their leaves, like the sound and light that flows like magic so in our dreams we travel everywhere. That sound and light isn't like the ears for hearin' but the feelin' that we take with us inside.
Gordie is sleeping now. He doesn't hear my words but he can hear old Granny's prayers, for it is change we should not fear but lack of change instead. For without it, we have nothing new to learn and nowhere else to go and no real life to look for and our memories stand still.
For Gordie Granny wants, just as she does for everyone, that change will come and with it bring the sunshine on each path that helps each man to grow. But in that growing and in that change it's the youth we keep inside that helps us face the day. So as the song says so wonderfully
"May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every one
And may you stay forever young. - Bob Dylan