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  • Writer's pictureBetty Girardeau

What Do I Want To Be When I Get Older

Updated: Aug 3, 2020

A little over a month ago I shared some of my thoughts and feelings about clouds. Since that blog post I have become an official member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. Yes, I even have an official membership pin and a handy Cloud Selector Guide to help identify types of clouds. One of the best benefits of Society membership, though, is the daily "cloud" email. As a photographer I really love seeing some of the pictures of clouds that fellow members have shared, and along with the pictures are interesting anecdotes or scientific information about a specific cloud type. I especially liked the message that accompanied last Friday's picture of cumulus clouds taken over Glenhaven, New South Wales, Australia. It was a prose poem written by Louis Jenkins called "Ambition," which comes from his book "North of the Cities" published in 2007. Being in the age bracket with the author, I was particularly taken with his words. I think many of you will be, too. So I am sharing them here for you to enjoy: ‘One of the good things about getting older is that no one asks anymore “What are you going to be when you grow up?” Or later on, “What do you do?” Questions for which I never had a good answer. Nowadays everyone assumes I’m retired, and that I have no ambition whatsoever. It isn’t true. It is true that it’s too late for me to become an Olympic champion swimmer or a lumberjack, but my ambitions are on higher things. I want to be a cloud. I’m taking some classes and I have a really good instructor. I don’t want to be a threatening storm cloud, just one of those sunny summer clouds. Not that I won’t have a dark side, of course. I’d like to be one of those big fat cumulus clouds that pass silently overhead on a beautiful day. A day so fine, in fact, that you might not even notice me, as I sailed over your town on my way somewhere else, but you’d feel good about it.’ I really would not mind "growing up" to become a cloud. How wonderful would that be!? I hope your day is filled with happy, cumulus clouds.

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