I know, nobody promised me a rose garden, but no one promised me all these wrinkles either. And who ever said life begins at forty had that part right, it’s after that you need to get ready for. I never worried about my age until I began to look it. The first signs really at sixty were very vague and I thought there’s nothing to this aging bit. But then the big M hit. Overnight I put on twenty pounds and went from a size two to an eight. My waist went south around my stomach and my eyesight went from twenty/twenty to somewhere I couldn’t see. Names I knew by heart left me the minute I met someone face to face. My hair changed from big Texas hair to little Mexico. So I went to my Doctor and I said H-e-l-p! What can I do? I hate all this stuff that’s happening to me. Her answer; “As we get (who’s this we she’s thirty) older things change a little.” Change a Little, this is a frigging revolt! Well she says, “what did your mother look like at your age,” Oh no not that again, that’s what they tell prospective husbands who have misgivings about the future Mrs., “Just look at her mother and that’s what she’s gonna look like in a few more years.” Forget about it my Mom looked like that when I was two!
Now I’m not going to complain too much because I am still here, that’s one of the perks of growing older. Memories are nice too, so what if I can’t run circles around a buzz saw, but it would be nice to be able to clean my whole house in one day instead of a week. And I would like to walk the whole mall without having to stay for lunch and dinner. Last but not least, I would love to just once sneeze without wetting my pants, and no, I will not wear depends. Instead I will get out of bed every morning with a smile and maybe a grunt or two. I will shower, I will put on my make-up, and I will try to make some kind of hairstyle out of this cat fur that I have left on my head. I will put on my skinny looking clothes and suck it in! I will go out and meet the day and cherish this life I have been given. I will try gratitude in place of attitude, and I will make a new friend. It isn’t easy being old but it’s better then being dead.