As I age…

Oct 22, 2022 | 2 comments

It occurs to me that I am morphing into a new version of myself.  I don’t think I like it so much — at least not right now — but perhaps wooly bears and ladybugs aren’t so crazy about their present status either.

For one thing, I find I’m not so spontaneous as I once was — say six months ago.  I have to work at being gracious when people just “drop by.”  A phone call with a fifteen minute warning “I’m in the neighborhood” is all it takes to keep my inner turmoil from turning prickly.  Or maybe I was always like that…  I don’t remember.

ladybug

And I think I’m probably becoming garrulous — you know one of those old people who goes on and on.   I’ve come to that conclusion because a few of my good friends cut me off mid-sentence now and then.  Maybe it’s just that I’ve said whatever it is before.  Or maybe I’m boring to the max.  Whatever it is, I’m slowly getting the message.  “Stop talking so much!”  Okay.  I’ll try.  Or maybe I was always like that…  I don’t remember.

And worst of all… there’s that “creeping intolerance” thing.  I’m not accepting change or new ideas all that well.  I keep asking, “Why?”  And the answer seems to be “Why not?”  But didn’t there used to be guidelines and rules and reasons why we did or did not do things?  Or maybe that’s another thing I’m not remembering,

Lewis Carroll probably had the right idea when he wrote:
You are old, Father William, the young man said,
And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

But I was interested to learn that Carroll based his parody on another poem, “The Old Man’s Comforts, And How He Gained Them” by Robert Southey.  A much better description of this aging process to my way of thinking.  Look it up.

 

2 Comments

  1. Caroline Miller

    I share your aging experience but without your recent loss. I have no excuse for shutting down but age. Even if you stop talking, please don’t stop writing. I appreciate that the young have things to teach the old, but wisdom is a two-way street. We need your thoughts.

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  2. Linda Johnson

    I’m glad you wrote about this…I’ve been thinking about this too, and a couple of the points you mention resonate with me. An excellent topic for contemplation and conversation.

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