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December 29, 2012

It helps to face old age with a happy heart

How do old folks feel when it comes to living through that time in their lives? Well, I’m at the 80-year mark now, and believe me, this is not what is said to be “Golden Years” in any form whatsoever! 

Perhaps this time of our lives should be renamed to “the sunset years,” for life is diminishing, going downhill. This is the first time I’ve done this act and now I can truly relate to the elderly … I’m one of them and can truthfully say “been there … done that.”

Years ago, I recall not having too much patience with older people when I thought they should be doing better or doing more. How can anyone have complete compassion and understanding unless they have experienced that same situation?

We are somewhat disabled in so many functions, and when it comes to energy, we do a lot of praying just to be able accomplish the necessary tasks from day to day. Even that sometimes has to be put on the back burner. Tomorrow is another day but will there be another tomorrow?

But I must admit there are many perks for us. Seems like it was just yesterday when a pleasant gentleman said to me, “you first.” Then, on another occasions, a young man held the door open for me. Isn’t that nice? So refreshing.

How about the thought of snoozing all wrapped up in a warm comforter and sleeping late into the morning? There’s no alarm to jangle your nerves, no hurry to get dressed, grab a bite and zip out into the blustery cold — just relax, snuggle down and reminisce about all the wonderful things of the past.

Sometimes life seems backwards, for now we have a car that the front seats actually heat up. Feels good, but when we were younger we would have really appreciated such a convenience in the wee hours of a winter morning

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