When Jon is taking a picture of someone, he always tries to loosen them up by saying, “Look at my bald spot”. It usually works.
I remember when Jon and I were just friends, he always wore a baseball cap. One of his books had just come out and he was getting ready to go to New York for a TV interview. He asked me if I thought he should take his cap off. Of course I told him, understanding what a big step it was for him to be seen by so many people without his hat on.
He called me after the interview and proudly told me that he didn’t wear his hat. After that, his baldness no longer seemed to be an issue. And now he jokes about it.
I guess some people might say that comes with age. And that’s probably a part of it. But I know quiet a few people who are a lot older than Jon and are still uncomfortable with the way they look.
Some people shut down the older they get. But Jon keeps spiraling up and out. Growing and changing is a constant process for him. And the older he gets, the more he seems open to it. The more he evolves.
Lucky me, that I get to love and live with such a man. And lucky me to know him at this point in his life, when he’s so much more himself than he’s ever been. Being young has it perks, but there can also be many benefits to being older. I don’t even know if I could have loved the younger version of Jon. But I do know I love the person he is now. And that I’m selfishly grateful that he was born 69 years ago today.