There’s some truth in Robert Browning’s poem, ” Rabbi Ben Ezra “. But “old ” in his day was about 45 ! In today’s world, in our great nation, “old” doesn’t happen until we let it. Some people are born “old “, and some die ” young ” , regardless of their chronological age.
But from my perspective, in my winter years, here is the upside :
—–I’m still alive.
—–I have 6 young adult grands, who bring me much happiness and pride.
—–I have been married ( happily, for the most part ! ) for 62 years.
—–I play bridge a couple of times a week.
—–I am warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
—–I am wiser than I was 20 years ago.
—–I don’t hear as well; I don’t see as well; I don’t walk as well…..but it simply does not matter , as well.
—–I can answer about as many Jeopardy questions as I’ve ever been able to ; I have maintained a 99% success rate on Wordle ; I’m seriously competitive at the bridge table ; I write and people actually read and comment ; I can hold my own in political , educational, and theological discussions, and I only forget a few things , a few times.
Here are some of things that I am happy to have left behind : alarm clocks ; hair color ; dress pants ; high heels ; being careful with remarks and/or opinions ; balanced meals ; dressing before noon; ironing ; pretending to like everybody; panty hose ; cooking ; shopping ; schedules ; perms and settings; waist cinchers and crinolins ; our jean store ; pocketbooks ——and thinking that I had some sort of obligation to appease everybody about everything.
Here are some things that I enjoy about living this long : memories ; sneakers ; a broader perspective ; Gracie ; sweatshirts/ pants ; old friends ; young friends; new friends ; wisdom ; church ; re-reading much loved books ; technology; Roberts Woods ; respect ; writing ; pie from Main Street 211 ; naps ; leadership positions ; our housekeeper ; our yard man ——— AND AT THE TOP : Byron and our children and the six grands and all the family additions through the years and continuing. I can count my blessings and name them one-by-one.
” Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be “………………….for sure !