Monday, January 15, 2018
#MicroblogMondays: Heinz 57
Twenty years is a frickin' long time. My daughter, had she been here, would be 19 going on 20, and no doubt in university or college. Her peers -- the babies & toddlers of my friends and cousins and coworkers -- are now grown up, or at least teenagers, and many of them are having kids of their own now too. There is so much that dh & I have missed out on -- although the reminders don't seem to come as thick and fast as they once did. (But when they do, they can still hurt...)
There's no getting around the fact that 57 years represents a big chunk of time that has passed since I made my debut on this earth. There are days when I feel every bit of my age. (In my knees, in particular...!) My hair is getting greyer (although my YOUNGER sister still has more grey hair than I do -- a fact that gives me some comfort, lol) -- the fine lines around my eyes are getting more noticeable. I don't bounce back from colds, or from one too many glasses of wine ;) , or from late nights, as quickly as I did when I was in my 20s.
But as my wonderful grandma used to joke about birthdays, "Consider the alternative...!" As the saying goes, old age is a privilege that is denied to many. I think about our hairdresser N., who died last fall at 55; the mother-in-law I never met, who died at 53; and so many others who, even if they had kids, never got to see them marry or hold their grandchildren.
Aging -- with or without children -- isn't always fun. But on balance, I'm glad to be here. :)
You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here.