~ Old Age ~
Let me tell you a wee  bit about being old,
A subject I'm an authority of, I am told.
Hair turns white or it sometimes just "goes"
And sometimes where you don't want, it grows.
Rippling muscles that once made you proud,
We'd keep them forever is what we vowed.
But now they're encased in a layer of fat.
We discovered we can't do much about that.
A sack of groceries once handled with ease
Now brings on pain in shoulders and knees.
Just get out and walk is what we are told,
But, we know it is either too hot or too cold.
Some folks think, with age, we lose our mind
Because there's a few things we can't find.
Names are often hard to recall, that is true,
Still, in all, our life is definitely not through.
One thing we know, some things you can't change
And we don't make plans that are long-range.
We don't take today for granted you see
And we know tomorrow comes with no guarantee.
But, we have memories, times of youth and love
When we did not walk with death hand-in-glove.
We have learned what's important in living,
That joy comes from caring, sharing and giving.
We find it easier to love than to hate others,
Learning to respect all as sisters and brothers.
To offer a kind word or a warm helping hand,
Letting someone know that you understand.
Yes, we've discovered, God is love and hope,
And with his help we have learned to cope.
So, with age, just relax and enjoy each day
Eliminate stress and strife for it really is OK.
Kate E. 2004

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