Today is the 73rd anniversary of the birth of The King, Elvis Presley. He died on August 16, 1977. I was seven then, and MaMonk, PaMonk and I were staying at a random B&B in Utrecht, Netherlands during a side trip on our summer vacation. The next morning the innkeeper, who spoke no English, came over to us waving the morning paper and repeating "De Keeng, de Keeng" and pointing at his photo.
Elvis is only a couple of months older than MaMonk. Over the past 31 years, she's seen her son graduate from various schools (elementary, high, college, law), get married, and have a kid. She continued her career, retired at a decent income, and now travels the world with her husband of 44+ years.
Something to be said for living simply and not burning out.