Humorous to be at gathering with folks in their 50’s and 60’s. It seemed to be a long list of maladies most of us possessed (they only offered up the physical ones, mental health issues weren’t broached but were exhibited in certain instances). One ache and pain after another was brought forth. The prevalent one tonight was arthritis with the colder, damp temps bringing out swelling and aches. As I sat and listened, my eye took in a grove of bamboo close by. Some stood tall and straight. Several had bends and warps to the structure. I imagined those, to include myself, complaining about bad backs to the members of that bamboo grove.

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