I’ve been going to the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, GA for over 50 years starting out working in the concessions stands and being a gallery guard during high school and college and then on as a spectator! I’ve seen a lot of people come and go! It’s one of the best golf courses in the world and has the class and style of royalty! The people come from all over the world! As wonderful as the Tournament is……….the people watching almost compares equally with the golfers!
When I started out going to the Augusta National…………Arnold Palmer was King of the golf world! And then came along that arrogant kid, Jack Nicholas! Gary Player was around too! Jack wasn’t popular because he was a threat to Arnold Palmar….so it took years for Jack to lead the “Jack Pack” to the front….now Jack is one of the elder statesmen and is one of the most respected and loved of all of them……..others came along and then came Tiger! Tiger is trying the comeback of the decade and many younger and different types of golfers are changing the people look time after time.
I was young, and middle-aged and now moving into the later 1/3 of my “life at the Masters! Watching today while sitting in the main “lunch area” at the main concession location……..I saw people very young on up to the “are you sure you should be out here” ages! That’s one of the great things about the Masters………….they are trying to bring in the young and still loving the old to keep golf growing.
Seeing some of the older ones brings to mind the great book and movie, The Thorn Birds……………one of the greatest parts of the book and movie is the character played by Barbara Stanwyck! She is an older woman and falls in love with a younger man who is repelled by her affections! She tells him and us all that older people still need love, still have passion, and want to be needed and loved until the day they die! Get the movie and look at it several times…………It really is classic!
Walking up the long hills (with more difficulty than I anticipated) I realized several things: This may be the last time I will be able to climb the hills on my way back to the main Club House! But the beauty of that is that as we get older……………we no longer want to do most of those things we aren’t able to do any more. That is a gift we have been given to lead us into the sunset with understanding.
A group of us at a table out there today were discussing age and several commented that, “I really don’t want to be 20 again!” I confess that I don’t want to go back even to yesterday! Life is good……………..live in the moments and when they are gone…………move on!