A Very Good Year


Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra: December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998

In 1966, Sinatra won the Grammy Award for Best Male Vocal Performance for his version of the song “It Was a Very Good Year”, written by Ervin Drake.

In it, he tells about the girls in his life when he was at a certain age, until his ‘Autumn Years’ when he compares his life to a vintage wine, and these romances were all like wine from a very “good ” year.

When I was 17, I was settling into a new job. I didn’t have a boyfriend, and my grandfather died a few months before my 18th birthday.

When I was 21, I was planning my wedding. We’d put a deposit on a brand new house, and I was excited at the prospect of my up and coming new life as a Mrs. The first year of our marriage was spent ‘feathering the nest’ as they used to say, but we hadn’t intended to try for chicks for a couple of years. By the time I was 25 though, I was divorced, and the house, ex-husband and thoughts about starting a family were behind me.

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When I was 35, that wasn’t just a very good year. It was an EXCELLENT year! It was the BEST in fact. It was the year Hubby and I got hitched, and he took me abroad for the first time in my life.soul mates swans

I’m not sure if I’m in the Autumn stage of my life yet though. How old do you have to be to qualify? I always thought that the Twilight Years described those of retirement, but according to the Idioms Free Dictionary by Farlex, this means the last years before death, and doesn’t actually give any indication of age.

From the same dictionary, it defines the Autumn Years as the later years of a person’s life, especially after they’ve stopped working.

So in that respect, I suppose then that I am in my Autumn Years. I knew I was no Spring chicken anymore, but where did the Summer of my life go? Quickly obviously.



About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to A Very Good Year

  1. janegundogan says:

    35 was when my life started to come together too. I definitely think the autumn of our lives are when we let them become the autumn of our lives. I will remain in spring!

    • Thanks for your comment. They say we’re as old as we feel. I just find it hard to believe that it’s all crept up on me so quickly. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to give in to it! Hubby says to act his shoe size, so that makes us a 7 and 9 year old, which suits me!

  2. Tara R. says:

    I like to think since Autumn is my favorite time of year, my autumn years are the best yet to come.

    • I love the colours of autumn, and guess it’s my favourite time of year too. Spring is lovely with all the new shoots in various greens in the woods where we walk the dog, but autumn has it’s own warmth with the browns, russets and golds, and the fallen leaves provide the basis for the mulch and this subsequent new growth.

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