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A suddenly older man scans life’s romance

The Storyteller

Musings from one of America’s foremost commentators.

I turned 79 a week ago and I’m quite satisfied with the promotion. I celebrated with lunch with five friends at an outdoor restaurant under a canopy on a perfect summer afternoon and in memory of my frugal parents, I ordered the most expensive wines and the Lord, who prepares a table in the presence of my enemies, prepared an even better one for my friends and we feasted ourselves silly. My wife was away, tending to the settlement of the estate of a crazy bachelor uncle, and texted me, “I miss you too much”, a very nice touch. I can’t remember a better birthday.

The best gift I got was the word ‘disarray’, spoken on the phone by a niece in LA. Somehow I had misplaced that word in favour of ‘chaos’, ‘mess’, ‘clutter’, ‘shambles’, but ‘disarray’ is so elegant, it sounds French, like the name Desirée, an improvement over ‘clutter’, which makes confusion sound trashy. My niece agreed. “It’s what I do,” she said, “I bring glamour to confusion.”

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About Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor did 'A Prairie Home Companion' for 40 years, wrote fiction and comedy, invented a town called Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average, even though he himself grew up evangelical in a small separatist flock where all the children expected the imminent end of the world. He’s busy in retirement, having written a memoir and a book of limericks, and is at work on a musical and a Lake Wobegon screenplay, and he continues to do 'The Writers Almanac', sent out daily to Internet subscribers (free). He and his wife Jenny Lind Nilsson live in Minneapolis, not far from the YMCA where he was sent for swimming lessons at age 12 after his cousin drowned, and he skipped the lessons and went to the public library instead and to a radio studio to watch a noontime show with singers and a band. Thus, our course in life is set.

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