I mentioned earlier that absolutely nothing happened to diminish the pleasant time we had playing tourista, relaxing, and visiting with old friends. While accurate for the most part, that is not exactly true. I noted one rather disturbing aspect of our vacation. We went out to an assortment of nice restaurants and enjoyed a wide variety of gourmet delights.
In each of these restaurants, I kept noticing one quite common demonstrator – almost all the patrons appeared very old. Most of them were gray haired, somewhat wrinkled, and some were even mobility impaired. This didn’t bother me much until I happened to notice on the last day of our stay that I was beginning to look exactly like them! Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth is for real, after all. The problem is, drinking its refreshing waters and devouring the fruit it nourishes actually depletes our youth, instead of restoring it.
It only took four days for me, but thankfully, Helen seemed to have antibodies to fight off most of the effects. Hopefully the restorative waters of the Brazos may help me fight off some of this premature aging.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.