Write Your Story–Life…and then it is winter

eiffel_tower_black_and_whiteJoin our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction. These are informal meetings to support each other and organize your thoughts for writing. Sharing is optional.

                      Meetings take place February  18, and March 4 & 18

1 — 3 p.m. Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information: Bruce Haase                                       Email:ohnjca@comcast.net

The following  text has been submitted by Bruce Haase:

Ed was in the USAF 60+ years ago, then some decades at United Airlines, twisting wrenches and picketing, he still carries on “The

Good Fight” for the common man, now on email and Facebook. Ed’s been my friend since ’65. He’s always done what he could,

he’s shown us a path to follow as we should. You may want to send this on to your younger friends and family…

Terrific Ed, It’s very good, well written and from the heart. It’s a warning and an encouragement. I’ll pass it on.


I sent this off to our local newspaper, “The Reporter”.  I thought they’d print it as a long letter but the lady called me and said she wanted to run it on Sunday (yesterday) and asked for my age.  Ed M.


Life…and then it is winter

By Ed Meadows

Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday when I was young, just married and embarking on a new life with mate. Yet , in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went.

I know I lived them all. I have photos and glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.

But here it is , the winter of my life- and it catches me by surprise. My mate is gone. How did I get here so quickly? Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember seeing older people through the years and thinking they were years from me. Winter was so far off. I could not fathom or imagine fully what it would be like.

But , here it is. My Friends are retired and gray. They move more slowly. I see old people now. Some are in better and some are in worse shape than I , but I see the great change.

They are not the people I remember as young and vibrant, but they are like I: Their age is beginning to show and we are now those old folks we used to see and never thought we’s be.

Now I find that just find that just taking a shower is a real target for the day.

And taking a nap is not a treat anymore—it’s mandatory because if I don’t do it of my own free will, I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, I’m in this final season of my life, unprepared for all of the aches and pains, the loss of strength and the ability to go and do things I wish I had done but never did. At least I know that though winter has come , and I’m not sure how long it will last, when it’s over on this earth, it’s over.

Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done. Things I wish I had done/ yet, indeed, there are many things I’m happy t have done. It’s all part of life.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet, let me warn you it will, it will be here quicker than you think

Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it soon. Don’t put things off too long. Life goes by so quickly.

Do what you can today, because you can never be certain that you’ll see winter . You have no promise that you will live all the seasons of your life.

So live for today and say all of the things you want your loved ones to remember and hop they appreciate it and love you for all the things you have done for them in the years past.

Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do something fun! Be happy! Have a great day every day!


The author Ed Meadows is an 85-year-old Vacaville resident –He is a friend of  Bruce Hasse–and the story was publish at Sunday local newspaper.



Filed under Events, Friends of the Library, Older Adults, Union City Library

3 responses to “Write Your Story–Life…and then it is winter

  1. Sandy

    When did Mr Meadows write this?

  2. Kim

    It looks to be older than that –

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