When you get older:
1. Your friends will start keeping their shoes on when they visit you at home. In Canada, we take our shoes off when we go inside our houses. That is probably because in many provinces they are caked with snow or mud most of the time. Now, that is not a plus or minus but I did discover when visiting my daughter living in Oregon that Americans consider it odd. Well, times have changed - at least in the 50+ developments around the country. Most of my peers now keep their shoes on - I usually insist on it. Just too much huffing and puffing to re-tie them after a visit. Besides, they aren't trudging through snow drifts or skipping through mud puddles anymore!
2. You never know what day it is. I might realize if it is a weekend or not based on how many tourists are wandering our streets, but, really, unless I have an appointment or meeting that week, I am clueless.
3. You pack more underwear than trendy cute tops or multiple pairs of shoes. It seems the body has made some of its own adjustments and I am just not up to trying to force it to keep to the straight and narrow. A comfortable pair of walking shoes with some sandals to dress up or down and I am good to go.
4. You choose slow over fast most of the time - slower routes to avoid speeding traffic; slower travel tours to get more rest; and, for some of us, slow cookers so we aren't worn out by dinner time. Even a slow boat to China sounds preferable to an 18-hour flight in economy.
5. You talk about your body functions like you used to talk about the cute boy in your chemistry class. Now did you see that one coming twenty years ago? Me either.
6. Not just the hair on your head turns grey - my eyebrows are going white too! Gotcha!
Well, just hum along with me, friends. The Beatles had it all figured out - we just weren't listening to the lyrics back then!
When I get older losing my hair
Many years from now
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday wishes, bottle of wine?
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me
When I'm 64 (or 65!)?