The above links to the special life of Sharon L. Burghard, who was a founding member of the CM Riders and had so much influence on the CM Riders music. We will be adding some of her songs in the future. Her favorite songwriters include: Ian Tyson (who did two special concerts for her in Thompson Falls, Montana, which we believe extended her life), Kris Kristofferson, Harry Chapin (his song "Circle" has become our family theme song), Rod McKuen, Hank Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom Russell and Merle Haggard.
When will I know I am old? When juices slide down my chin and company abhors me? Or will it be when climbing out of the tub becomes my Everest instead of my everyday? Perhaps I will know I am old when my youth is more vivid than my yesterday and my mind plays tricks that hurt.
When will I know I am old? When my children's children are no longer young? Or will it be when the stars' twinkling hold no glory for me and the moon is just a cold stone in the sky? Perhaps I will know I am old when my voice of experience is too frail to be heard and there's no one left who remembers me as a barefoot child.
When will I know I am old? When that forever-young-me inside my head is silent? Or will it be when grace is no longer a familiar state and a cane is for safety instead of for Christmas? Perhaps I will know I am old when I can only visit my constant friends in my mind and love is a dusty memory instead of a glowing light.
Life has realities yet for me to learn, and so I wonder: when will I know I am old? and how will it be?