It’s difficult saying goodbye to an old friend, a lifetime friend. I did that today, somberly and with complete sobriety.
We enjoyed decades of each other’s company: long walks over green fields, side treks into brush and woods, sidestepping water, back and forth into sandy patches. But today was a time to say goodbye.
Early on, I carried my friend on my back, slightly bent from the weight and mumbling, sometimes cursing, as we went along, not in anger but in frustration As I aged and carrying was too challenging, I pushed my friend in a cart. We were inseparable in sun, rain and wind.
We always seemed to end our walks on a good note, motivating us to return for more.
My dad gave me my first set of golf clubs, MacGregor Tourney irons and woods. I was 16. It was 1962.
We became inseparable: together on family golf outings, airplane rides to sales meetings and always in the car on business calls. This was the friend that I bid adieu in a rather unceremoniously way when I made a donation to second hand shop
I’m beginning a different stage of Life, the declutter stage, the new catchphrase for seniors of a certain ilk. Looking around the house, I realize there’s a potpourri of ‘stuff’ that I no longer use, will never use. Time to declutter.
But it’s hard to declutter an old friend.
One thing I won’t declutter is all the memories I have that center around golf and those special clubs. It’s not hard to close my eyes and enjoy a tsunami of good times golfing with friends, brothers and especially my dad.
I hope someone will spy these clubs at the second hand store, buy them at a give away price and start making their own memories.
As more decluttering continues, somebody is really going to love the button down dress shirts and brown wingtip shoes I’m donating. I’ll just never use them again.
What about you? Is decluttering in your plans?
Quotes on golf and decluttering
“Golf… is the infallible test. The man who can go into a patch of rough alone, with the knowledge that only God is watching him, and play his ball where it lies, is the man who will serve you faithfully and well.” – P.G. Wodehouse
“Golf is a good walk spoiled” – Mark Twain
“Out Of Clutter, Find Simplicity” – Albert Einstein
“Your Home Is Living Space – NOT Storage Space” – Unknown