An old saying goes, “You’re only as old as you feel.”
Some days, that would make me 37! But other days, not so much.
As Paul Harvey used to preface his commentary, “Partly personal,” I just passed a milestone with my birthday in February.
I’m no spring chicken and have health issues, but I feel blessed.
Many years ago, when my son was about 4 years old, he asked, “Mommy, did they have cars when you were growing up?”
What prompted that question was because he remembered old anecdotes from my childhood such as one time when we were invited by an uncle and aunt who lived on a farm for a Thanksgiving dinner. Due to a snowstorm, roads were impassable by auto and my uncle hitched up a horse to a sleigh to come into town and get us.
As a child I remember milk was delivered in a horse-drawn carriage and the horse knew when to stop at each home without being told “whoa.”
Electricity often failed during storms, but before it did, radio provided weather forecasts of impending storms but my father usually knew better when it was time to go down basement and wait until a storm had passed. He had shored up a small, cozy area in the basement for extra protection in case the house came down on top of us.
Our mother brought special treats to keep us happy while the thunder and wind roared above us. My father went upstairs to check as the storm prevailed until he said it was O.K. to return to the living quarters.
As a child of the Depression, I enjoy the reruns of The Walton’s, set fictionally during the Depression and WWII. Olivia and John Walton had seven children and saw their four sons enter the military and my mother and father saw their 3 sons do the same. Fortunately, (thankfully) all returned as did the Walton’s sons.
Not everyone is granted the privilege of living a long time. If you are getting on in years, don’t decry it, but enjoy it. Even if your step isn’t as spry as it once was and you suffer from various ailments, aren’t you glad to be around and see what comes next as new discoveries in medicine, science and technology are coming almost without precedent? I am.
It’s not easy but I try to keep a positive attitude.