Saturday, June 11, 2011

Getting old, just like our ancestors


Observations on Growing Older
Your kids are becoming you, & you don't like ˜em.
But your grandchildren are perfect!
Going out is good.
Coming home is better!
When people say you look "Great", they add: "for your age!"
When you needed the discount, you paid full price.
Now you get discounts on everything ...
movies, hotels, flights; but you're too tired to use them.
You forget names, but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
The 5 lbs you wanted to lose is now 15, & you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 lbs.
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything ... especially golf.
Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair w/the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".
Remember when your mother said,
"Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?
Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!
You used to say,
"I hope my kids GET married.
Now, "I hope they STAY married!"
You miss the days when everything worked w/just an "ON" & "OFF" switch.
When GOOGLE, ipod, email & modem were unheard of. And a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.
You tend to use more 4 letter words like "what?" & "when?".
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
Your husband has a night out w/the guys,
but he's home by 9:00PM. Next week it will be 8:30PM.
You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.
Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?
What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
Everybody whispers.
Now that your husband has retired, you'd give anything if he'd find a job!

You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet ¦ 2 of which you will never wear.
But old is good in some things:
old songs, old movies,
And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!!

'Love you, "OLD FRIEND!"
Share this with other "Old Friends!" & let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived

I don't have my glasses on. I first read that 2nd picture as "Friends don't let friends go through tricks alone." What?! Some say that growing older is Nature playing tricks on us.... It's trials. If you've ever gone to court to support a friend, you know that you don't want to go through trials alone either.

I am a grandma, not as good a grandma as I would like to be - long distance - but I think about my grandparents. I knew them as a child, and also as an adult. What Mark Twain said about parents getting wiser as we grow up - same thing with grandparents - THEY change as WE age. In my genealogy I have plenty of instances where the kids were living back at home with the folks, raising their children with the help of the grandparents. Sometimes it's because of widowhood, or economic situations. But thank Goodness that the grandparents were there. Notwithstanding their getting old-er they did what they could to help raise their grandchildren. I am grateful for as much visiting with my grandmothers as I got, & as I gave :-) It goes both ways :-D Some day it will all make sense. We'll repent; we'll forgive. As my husband was fond of saying...all you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is enough.

This is my mother's mother's mother, Sarah Delphina Eubank, and her father's parents, Rosannah Rohrer and Joseph Eubank, probably in Indiana about 1890-95.

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