Thursday, 3 September 2015

My List of Small Things

I am heading toward one of those milestone birthdays that everyone keeps talking about on my Facebook page this year.  Perhaps that is because many of my friends are on the same journey!  I find that things are changing for me - small things really - but I have the time to take notice of small things these days.  So, here you have it - my list of small things that have changed as I mosey down the other side of the hill.

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!)?

Let me hear a resounding YES!


  1. Replies
    1. Ah, come on - you are just a spring chicken!!! :)

  2. A delightful post! You speak right to where and how I live my life now that I can totally relate to the Beatle's song! Slow and steady, comfort, peace and tranquility...that's my preferred status quo. When I'm walking from my car to a store I often wonder what happened to third and fourth gear - I'm lucky if I can it it out of first! And, don't really want to! Your blog is a delight!

    1. Yes, I have finally hit my stride - slow! And I like it! Good to hear that you are also accepting the wonder of slow. I guess we won't be racing each other through the parking lot! Thanks for your comment!


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