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Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)
TITLE: Golden years
By carolyn shufeldt
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My days seem to fly by. Each one has taken a new direction. A life style I
never anticipated. It seems in the big picture I am entering the golden years.
Remembering when I could clean the whole house in one day. I feel I've
come full circle. I've used up my mileage. I am now running on air.
Exactly what are the golden years about? The fact is I have no idea. What
I do know is my feet hurt and I ware big ugly shoes for comfort, which
doesn't help. I find myself parking close to everything. If you can imagion
this old lady racing through the parking lots hoping to acquire a spot close
to the door. Ready to do battle with who ever tries to come between her and
The parking space by the door. Sometimes it is easy, but often there are
others out there just waiting to take my spot.
Now this isn't what I pictured as the golden years at all. I saw myself
sitting on a boat somewhere fishing with my big easy chair waiting on me in
the evenings. Heaven knows life is hard enough without having to worry
about this thing they call the golden years. I wished to travel some and
Spend time helping at church. It just never occurred to me that I would have
So many aches and pains. I know I need exercise but jumping out of bed
two or three times a night with leg cramps is not my idea of fun and besides
I would like to have company for this exercise. You know someone I know.
Somehow I saw myself as young and able to climb mountains forever. I
don't mean to complain but I would like for someone to tell me exactly what
these Golden are and when they will start? I confess I understand little and
know nothing of what has happened to me. Is everyone as unprepared as I?
I'm at a total loss as to what is going to happen. I don't understand and keep
asking, "Why me Lord"?
Of course I'm sure everyone has asked the same question. It's just the pill
bottles are lining up now. There Isn't any more room on the shelf. Should I
build a special shelf just for pills? My energy level is low now, and I make
excuses like, I didn't get enough sleep, or my neck was hurting.
well if you are with me, by now you too are wondering what happened
to the golden years? When did this revelation occur? But most of all, how
did we miss it? Exactly when do the golden years begin?
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