Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Age – We have never been here before

Take what you like and leave the rest.

On Raymond's sixty-fourth birthday, he sat on his Mother's sofa, thinking pensively.

Turning to his Mother he said, "Ma, here I am sixty four years old today, and I still wonder what I want to be when I grow up."

Raymond is not alone in his wonderings. Many of us find ourselves incongruent, for when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we wonder when our faces got so wide, or where did that extra chin come from.

We remember our faces when they were young, and ourselves when we were unaware of the future.

Raymond's grandson David was struggling mightily later that day with some problem he was having in school. When he reported it to his grandfather, Raymond remarked that the problem was due in part to David's being only six years old. David answered gravely, "Yes, and I have never been six before."

We are all just learning how to be the age we are at.

We have never been here before, and just when we start to get the hang of it, we will go and have a birthday and have to learn how to be a new age.

1 comment:

  1. Today, the teen's SD card got stuck in her camera. I directed her to some needle nose tweezers. She called me brilliant. I said, "I've just lived a long time and broken quite a few things along the way."

    Thank you for your gift and showing me that short can be very good. :)