10 days ago
Mr. Boyden used to tell us to “be mobile”. I guess he was telling us to be more adaptable in our decision making, but I like to think he was telling us to keep moving in our old age. My wife and I live at Kendal at Hanover, a retirement community in this stimulating New Hampshire college town. I’m blessed with good health, and I work at staying fit, so I’ve been able to do some mountain climbing in recent years. We have some challenging climbs here in the White Mountains, and I’ve done a couple of 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado. This past summer I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. They told me that I was the oldest person on record to reach the summit by way of the Western Breach route. My guides started calling me “Babu”, and I can tell you that I was relieved to learn that means grandfather in Swahili.
Deerfield is well represented here at Kendal at Hanover. My classmates, Peter Bien and Robert Binswanger, are here as well as Fred Preston and Charlie Ufford from the class of 1949. Occasionally we “rally, in thoughts of boyhood days”.