Oatmeal. It’s what’s for breakfast for this girl. After all, I’m 53 now. Yup. Today’s the anniversary of my escape from the womb.
My body seems to be rebelling the aging process. More days than not, I walk around wondering why my hips hurt? Where did I put my glasses? Why is everyone around me mumbling? Is this some kind of gas-light situation? Are they trying to make me cranky? What in the hell did I eat that gave me this heartburn? Then I stand up or sit down and my knee pops so loudly it wakes my dog. “Sorry,” I mumble. He can’t hear me. He’s old, too.
I know getting older is a gift, but it’s like the gift you got from that one aunt when you were five. You really wanted a cool toy, but she gave you a new pillow. It was good to have a new pillow, but shoot, you’d sure rather have had a toy!!! Nonetheless, you still have to say thanks for the pillow.
So, I’ll give my thanks today. I’m thankful for having a body to complain about. Hearing enough my whole life to know it’s getting weaker. I’m grateful for being born with good eyesight, and now I’m glad for reading glasses. I’ll get a magnifying glass if I have to, because dog gone it, I’m not going to stop reading! And boy I’ve seen some awesome things with these eyes. My children’s birth, my husband’s love, my family’s smiles and support, so many friends, so many beautiful skies and sunsets, rivers, oceans, lakes, mountains, desserts and worldly things, too. I am blessed.
Beneath my complaints, I really do have a thankful heart.
What a gift life is. The good and the bad. Maybe I’ll get another year for which to be thankful. But for now, I’m pretty fond of today—oatmeal and all.

14 thoughts on “WHERE DID I PUT MY GLASSES?!!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I started using eggshell membrane capsules and it quieted down my knees. It contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and chondroitin sulfate. I like to try the natural products and hope for the best.
    Thanks for the cute stories. I have a friend that likes to say growing old is not for sissies. Mary

  2. This is wonderful. My vision is not what it used to be. In fact, it’s not been great since the ninth grade, and each year gets a little worse. But I love what you said about the awesome things you’ve seen with your eyes. So true. It’s all about the gratitude, isn’t it?

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      Thank you. I don’t know why, but I didn’t get any of these messages so I’m just now getting to them! Not sure why. I’ll have to check my settings.

  3. Happy Birthday. Enjoy your oatmeal, and maybe touch the top of your head when you’re looking for your reading glasses. That’s usually where they are, right? Hee hee. Those aches and pains aren’t the best, but to make up for it, we’re a lot smarter and wiser than we were when our bodies were pretty awesome in high school. I’d like to have the body I had then right now…but not if I have to take my immature self with it. Have a happy day!

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      I agree 100%. I wouldn’t want to go back and do it over, that’s for sure. And I wouldn’t change much.

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