Growing Old is Mandatory

     Growing old is mandatory…

    …Growing up is optional.

    As each day passes, we tack another 24 hours onto the time card of our life. Yes, growing older

    is exciting and the reward for a life well lived, but it can be hard – hard on the people we love

    and ourselves.

    What’s interesting is that whatever age we are, we often forget what we were like in years

    past. And, oddly enough, we go through similar stages later in life that we went through when

    we were children.

    Knowing this, it’s important that we’re patient with the people we love at every stage of life

    and understand that we’ll experience the same things ourselves.

    In this installment of Monday Morning Mojo, we’ve shared a story that can help all of us relate

    to the challenges associated with aging. We hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to share it with

    anyone you think might benefit from it.

    As each day passes, we tack another 24 hours onto the time card of our life. Yes, growing older

    is exciting and the reward for a life well lived, but it can be hard – hard on the people we love

    and ourselves.

    What’s interesting is that whatever age we are, we often forget what we were like in years

    past. And, oddly enough, we go through similar stages later in life that we went through when

    we were children.

    Knowing this, it’s important that we’re patient with the people we love at every stage of life

    and understand that we’ll experience the same things ourselves.

    In this installment of Monday Morning Mojo, we’ve shared a story that can help all of us relate

    to the challenges associated with aging. We hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to share it with

    anyone you think might benefit from it.

    MOM WROTE THIS FOR HER DAUGHTER TO READ WHEN SHE GETS OLD, THIS IS GOLD

    My dear girl,

    The day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to

    understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand

    times, don’t interrup to say, “You said the same thng a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try

    to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after

    night until you would fall asleep.

    When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I

    had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were

    just a girl?

    When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn

    and don;’t look at me that way… remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many

    things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s

    issues eveyr day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patrient, but most of

    all, try to understand what I am going through.

    If I occasionally lose track ofd what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if

    I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most

    important thing for me is to be with you.

    And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the

    same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t

    feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to th end of my life with love. I’ll

    cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge

    love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you… my darling daughter.

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