If Meriwether Lewis had lived to be 80, I wonder what he could’ve accomplished. Would he have continued to serve as Territorial Governor of Upper Louisiana? Found a wife? Published his journals on his own (very scientific) terms? Weathered an election for national public office?
We’ll never know.
And, today, Merry doesn’t really matter much to me.
Because Dad is 80.
Eight decades of making mayhem as Hot Shot. Of serving his country in the Army and standing up against racism at the University of Georgia. Of somehow charming my mother into marrying him. Of making two kids. Of never quite knowing how to father those two kids. Of always finding a place to drink coffee and talk to strangers, wherever he was. Of retiring early, with honors. Or turning junk into……..junk people actually wanted. Of serving his church and his community.
Of weaving stories about every bit of it (and peeing on a few termites along the way.)
I’m sure everyone approaches 80 with a sense of ‘Have I done everything I wanted to do with my life that’s flown by?’
Dad, I don’t know about you.
But I wouldn’t change a thing if it meant you wouldn’t be my father.
TODAY’S MERIWETHER LEWIS BIRTHDAY MONTH TRIVIA QUESTION:
WHERE WAS MERIWETHER LEWIS BORN?
Answer to yesterday’s Meriwether Lewis Birthday Month Trivia Question: Who was Meriwether Lewis’ godfather?
THOMAS JEFFERSON (also a big clue as to where Merry was born……….)
Get Dad an 80th birthday present. Nothing would make him happier than selling a few of my books and taking credit.
Dad, Mom and I are in a neck-and-neck-and-neck competition to see who can sell the most books. I’m closing in on Dad for the lead. So, help him out on this day, his 80th birthday. I’ll put all copies sold today in Dad’s sales column.
To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis is just $2.99 on Kindle during August in celebration of Meriwether Lewis’ Birthday Month.
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