Thank you Trish
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend..
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..... I've even earned the right to be wrong.
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
Thank you Jenn - this is why you have children:
Are you interested in the US Census? Something you might like.
And from my very own daughter - thank you!
Hanging by my boob:
While conducting some businessat the Court House, I overheard a
Lady, who had been arrested for assaulting a Mammogram Technician,
Say, "Your Honor, I'm guilty but.....there were extenuating circumstances."
The female Judge said, sarcastically, "I'd certainly like to
Hear those extenuating circumstances." I did too so, I listened as the
Lady told her story.
"Your Honor, I had a mammogram appointment, which I actually
Kept. I was met by this perky little clipboard carrier smiling from
Ear to ear and she tilted her head to one side and crooned, "Hi! I'm
Belinda! All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip
To the waist, then slip on this gown. Everything clear?"
I'm thinking, "Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science."
Belinda then skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.
With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to
The left and said, "Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean
In a tad so we can get everything?" Fine, I answered.
I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the
Remaining circulation in my legs and neck to finish me off? My body
Was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other breast wedged
Between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when I heard and felt
Complete darkness, the power was off!
Belinda said, "Uh-oh, maintenance is working, bet they hit a
Snag." Then she headed for the door.
"Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?" I shouted.
Belinda kept going and said, "Oh, you fussy puppy...the door's
Wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right
Before I could shout NOOOO! She disappeared. And that's exactly
How Bubba and Earl, "maintenance men Extraordinaire" found
Me...half-naked with part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life and the
Other part smashed between glass!
After exchanging a polite Hi, how's it going type greeting,
Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the
Power was off.
Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much
Calmness as possible, "Uh, yes, I did but thanks anyway."
"OK, you take care now" Bubba replied and waved good-bye as
Though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.
Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin.
Making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, "Oh I am sooo
Sorry! The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And
Silly me, I went to lunch. Are we upset?"
And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between
The judge could hardly contain her laughter as she said "Case Dismissed. ''
QUOTE OF THE DAY!
If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fear.
- Glenn Clark