Paper with words "bucket list" written out
What would you include on your bucket list? (Photo by Getty Images)

Folks getting up in age start to think about what they’d like to do in their remaining years before they “kick the bucket.” Some folks sit down with pen and paper and make a list — a “bucket list.”

From Webster’s New World Dictionary: “A list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying.”

This particular topic came up in an article penned by Ed Langlois for the Catholic Sentinel. Established in 1870, the Sentinel is the oldest Catholic newspaper on the West Coast. It publishes twice monthly and serves as the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Anyway, a Philomath couple was included in the story written by Mr. Langlois. Larry and Terry Anderson, who are both in their 60s and are members of the St. Mary Parish in Albany, shared their “bucket list.”

Wrote Langlois, “They plan a trip to Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta and an even nearer trek to mountainous Leavenworth, Washington. They honeymooned decades ago in Hawaii and always have wanted to return.”

However, the couple seems to be just happy sticking close to home.

“Larry, 65, and Terry, 62, feel they are living out their dreams just by staying home and tending the small Anderson family farm outside Philomath,” the article states. “They even make a fine time of mucking out the barn.”

Serving others is high on the list.

“We don’t want it to just be about us,” Larry’s quoted as saying in the article.

Click on this story link to read a little more about them and to see a nice photo of them on their Philomath farm.

As for my own bucket list, yeah, there are things I’d like to do before the end. As a 56-year-old dad of two toddlers, the No. 1 wish is to just be around as long as possible for my kids, watch them graduate from high school, maybe start families of their own.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at