The Older the Fiddle, the Finer the Tune
March 16, 2013
I’m getting older. Yes, I’m going to be 52, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. There are a lot of us out there that are aging. Thanks to my older and wiser sister, I have a different outlook on getting old. You see, she only lived to be 51.
After yet another round of chemotherapy, she called me to say we were going shopping. She needed a new wig, and she wanted a gray one. She knew that her chances of getting old were pretty slim. She wanted to experience being a gray-haired old granny. She looked beautiful in that gray wig. Along the way, she taught me to be thankful to have hair. No more bad hair days for me. If you have hair, it’s a good day. She taught me to live every day like it is the gift that it is. Have fun and leave nothing left undone or unsaid. Be a happy person. Be kind to others and yourself. The list could go on and on. But for now, I’m focusing on getting older. Judy Ann didn’t live to be old, but my how she lived!
I’m glad to be getting older. I am blessed beyond measure. I am loved, and I love to love. It really is all in how you look at it. Yes, my mind and body need tuning and toning, but thanks to good friends and my daughter, I stay motivated. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga!
I find it entertaining and informative when I read books on getting old. Barbara Johnson’s Living Somewhere Between Estrogen and Death still cracks me up. Tina Sloan (the star of Guiding Light) had my heart because I love shoes and her book, Changing Shoes:Getting Older-Not Old-with Style, Humor, and Grace, was a good read. Sloan says of aging: "Do not let aging defeat you or slow you down. No matter what our age, we need to keep looking for ways to soar." I like her idea of doing it in Cinderella shoes. Old is Not a Four Letter Word: A Midlife Guide by Ann E Gerike, PhD states in Chapter 11 that "If you’re backing Into middle age, you don’t know where you’re going… know where you’re going, how to turn yourself around and look forward to living."
MCPL has a plethora of aging books to be read for entertainment and enjoyment, but first you have to know that the older the fiddle, the finer the tune. Enjoy your journey.
North Independence Branch