Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What I know....

They say write what you know. With that sage wisdom in mind, I've written about teaching, writing, raising children as a divorced mom, and trying to be complaint free for 21 consecutive days. That one was....well, not fun, but certainly an interesting journey!

Two years ago, life was good for me. I was busy using the training and experience I had acquired in a business career and then as a teacher. I was making a living as a small business owner (meaning a business made up of me) even when the economy abandoned many others. My health was good and my adult daughter was self supporting, living far enough away to have her independence but close enough for us to have lunch once a week or so. Things were good.

Until my birthday.

In my defense, I have since asked myself, "Well, what did you think was going to happen the day after you weren't 59 any more?" Age has just never been an issue with me. Of course, I'm one of those lucky women who had never looked whatever age I was. (Notice the past tense in that sentence. I'll come back to it.) So, the years ticked by without my attending to them, people saying "Oh, you don't LOOK [insert age here]! " 

Until now.

The day I woke up and was suddenly 60 was a dark day in my house. To say the least. Somehow in my mind, with no prior warning (because we don't think about these things until they arrive, tap tapping on our foreheads), those two digits meant OLD. I didn't know I thought that. Until I was that.

So, here I am, writing about something I am coming to know. Being a woman over 60.

We'll start with the fact that it's been quite a while since anyone has said those words to me: "Wow, you sure don't LOOK 60!" Which means that....well, we all know what that means.

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
~ Lucille Ball ~


  1. "Age has just never been an issue with me." Yet I remember that when a friend of ours hit 21 before we did, you were the one who said, "Happy birthday - nine more years and you'll be 30!" Of course, you were also the one who welcomed 30 because it meant there were fewer games that you felt you had to play.

  2. uh, thanks for the reminder? Yes, this age thing has been funny...well, maybe strange is a better word. I will use this forum to share all the strangeness with everyone! Thanks for reading and commenting, Greyhound!