Ever since the age of 18, former President George H.W. Bush kept a diary. It’s a habit he maintained for the next 57 years.
Following Bush’s passing, one particular passage about aging that he wrote for his children in 1988 is gaining a lot of attention — and for good reason.
“Dear kids, this letter is about aging. Last year there was only a tiny sense of time left, of sand running through the glass,” Bush wrote.
He continued: “I want to put this aging on hold for a while now. I don’t expect to be on the A-team anymore, but I want to play golf with you and I want to fish or throw shoes and I want to rejoice in your victories and I want to be there for you if you get a bad bounce in life and no doubt you will for the seas do indeed get rough.”
Listen to Bush’s entire message below:
Bush said he was a “happy” man and told his sons it was OK to cry.
“If I shed tears easier now, try not to laugh at me, because I’ll lose more saline and that makes me feel like a sissy,” Bush wrote. “And besides, it’s okay to cry if you’re a man, a happy man, me. All Bushes cry easily when we’re happy or counting our blessings or sad.”
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were joined by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and their former first ladies at the funeral service for George H.W. Bush in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Trump had nothing but nice things to say about Bush and his family.
"Looking forward to being with the Bush family," Trump tweeted prior to the funeral. "This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!"
Melania Trump also invited the Bushes to the White House for a special visit the day before.
May George H.W. Bush rest in peace.