i ended up takin' my walk around the grocery store
this morning...pickin' up some stuff to celebrate
my elderly neighbor's birthday today. she's eighty
something. thought it was 81 or 83. yo tells me it's
82! one of those that's high enough to make me catch
i was buying candles and i looked at how many boxes
i had to get. wow. wow. wow.
i started thinking.....josh is an entire box of candles
right now. this year i'll be OVER TWO boxes!!! ohmygosh.
this is just too weird.
i think of my neighbor over there, sitting alone....
and i wonder about life, about growin' old.
it sure looks hard.
i've been watchin'. cause i know now i'm headin' that way.
for awhile, i didn't really know. but i know now.
and i watch.
i see certain things keep a sparkle in you and certain things
take that sparkle away. i want to pay attention to that.
tv sure looks like a sparkle sucker to me. there should be
a big sign on that thing 'caution. i suck sparkle out of you.'
and caring about others and reaching out sure seems to grow
i watch the elderly whenever i get a chance these days.
some glow and are positively beautiful. some just whither.
some get really really ugly.
what a mix.
what a mix.
i asked a question over on face book....what do you want to
look back on when you're in your eighties and say you've done?
i think maybe i want to say i learned how to sparkle when i was
old. and i think preparing for that starts right now.