Portrait Daljit Dhillon


I live in Ferndale, Washington, and I've been living here since 1993. My name is w G thing, Dylan and ages. Uh, I'll be 69, uh, in March on March 14. I consider myself lucky that I got you. I'm 69. And, uh, there are many people who don't get. You know, and I'll tell you this. I feel myself lucky. I'm surrounded by my grandkids. Uh, if we're a multi-generational family, um, my son lives with me, uh, my wife and, uh, grandchildren. I don't even feel 69. I feel like, you know, so young they're always making me run around with them and, you know, do this for us that they come, Baba, come and play with. From my perspective, uh, you start aging, uh, uh, you know, once you become adult use, you start preparing for aging. Uh, like, uh, I had, my mother lived with me from the very beginning and all my grandchildren. They saw how I treated her. And I very well know that I will be treated the same way as I treated. Uh, my grandfather, uh, he was in the first war first world war in Egypt. And my father was in the second world war and he actually was in Japan and the occupation force after Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombay. Then I came from India. I came straight to the table and then 1987, it was a big change, like starting from zero. We had comments, immigrants, and we had to put bread and butter on the table. Uh, your own children. We were busy working at that time. And when he was six years old, when we came to us and me and my wife were working two jobs at that. Uh, and we had, uh, very little time for the kids, but my mother was at home and she, she did a wonderful job raising them and they still, they have the pig, her pictures in the wallet, even when we came here, like I built my house and whenever I needed help, all my cousins came and their children, Karen. No, my son, he takes so much care of me and he always tells us, get a, make sure your momma's comfortable, you know? And, uh, that's a hint to them, you know, and that's how they're going to take care of him when he grows up. And if you don't take care of your parents or you neglect your parents, that's how you're going to be. And my daughter lives, right. Uh, walking distance from my house. And, uh, uh, she has two kids and, uh, on the five grandkids, I take care of them. I drop them at school, bring them home, take them to their games. If I left it alone, I'll feel all. If I have my family with me, I'll never feel old. I mean, my son always tells me, he says, it's up here. You know, you start, if you start thinking you at all, you at all, if you, if you don't think that maybe you think that this is part of it, then you're good. Uh, knee surgery and, uh, you know, I don't think Phoenix, my kids, they helped me out. They had children helped me out. And then I had, uh, recently I had a, one of my desk was pitching against my nerve. So, so that, uh, got fixed. I actually do, like now I'm a recovering from it. So I'm like 75% done and should be something better. I do meditation. Do you know you, frankly, in the morning I have, uh, I do all my, uh, uh, religious hymns. You know, I listened to them at four 30. I will turn that on and that goes for one hour and, uh, I feel very peaceful. You know, you've made to whatever time you're going to love, you're going to learn, you know, and it's better. You never know, happy and healthy way, you know, uh, you know, drop yourself down. Oh, I'm going to die so much. Everybody's going to die, die one day. And there's nothing on the plants. Yeah, no, it's a cycle. You were born. You go up, go down. And my grandfather died. My father died. I'm going to die. Children are going to die. But what my father used to say a very big thing to my mom. My mom would always, when she had pain or something, he'd say hi, hi, and say, I'm going to die. He used to say, you're going to die one day. You're not, don't die. One day.