Home & Garden
Foxy and Jacques, our cats, were adopted from PAWS Chicago about four years ago. Our goal has been to establish the optimum litter box routine since then.
“No, I regret nothing,” Edith Piaf sang in her famous song that struck a chord the world over. But I wonder how many of us will reach the end of our lives with no regrets. Regret is such a wasted emotion, at least in older years when it’s too late to take corrective action over the wrong path, the wrong partner, the wrong career.
Being of Chinese heritage, the man’s age was hard to tell. But he didn’t look like a spring chicken. “Must be tough having to stand all day,” I commiserated, buying tulips from his stall one evening. Without missing a beat, he shot back: “When I’m old like you, I retire. Now I work.”
Karen Hitchcock is a dedicated doctor and a brilliant writer. She believes old people face entrenched age discrimination in hospitals. She treats the old, sick patients other doctors may write off. She gives them a chance to grab more life.
I thought I’d take up gardening when I got older. But perhaps I’m not old enough yet. I resist, watching my husband from the comfort of the window seat while he prunes, plants, mows and weeds.
Would you holiday overseas alone? Eat dinner in a nice restaurant alone? Go to a movie by yourself? On a Saturday night? If you’re like me, you’d probably do some of these activities on your own but not others.