The Up Side of Aging
Yes, yes, I know - the wrinkles, the gray hair, the hips, the hot flashes, and on and on we could rattle about the woes of aging. But let's not! Life's too short to dwell on the process. I much prefer to dwell on the wonders of this stage of life. My kids are grown and don't need me anymore. Yes, ladies, that is a positive thing. Didn't you want them to grow up to be strong and independent? Oh, I suppose they still need us occasionally, but instead of needing gas money, rent money, grocery money, bail money, etc. now they just need to rant to someone who will pretend to listen, and occasional baby-sitting, which is a pleasure and not at all burdensome. Gotta love those grandbabies!! I can take long showers now, and use all the hot water I want. Better yet, I can take bubble baths. I can go to the grocery store and buy steaks and grown up cereal. I can watch TV and hog the computer. I can buy candy and not have to hide it. I can walk around naked if I want to. And that's just the perks of grown kids. Marriage at this stage of life is so much more mellow. We have had all the arguments worth having and have learned to just sigh and say nothing sometimes. We have learned to laugh at ourselves and each other. We have come through the fire and now know that we really are going to keep to the "death do us part" vow. There are still moans coming from our bedroom. Of course these days the cause is a sore back, a sore neck, and a massager, but hey, we still make each other feel better! We have all the time in the world for each other now that we wanted 20 years ago. Sometimes we even get to spend money on ourselves!! We're closer to the grave now than the cradle, but we've learned that only makes life more precious and we are no longer afraid. Our wants and needs are simple, and relatively easy. Life is good and getting better, day by day.