Only as Old as You Feel?
It finally happened. It has taken long enough, but still, when it does happen, you can be taken by surprise. I’m not saying I was hanging around waiting for it to happen. I was sitting in a waiting room in early January, when the “old” man in a nearby seat asked me whether I’d had a nice holiday. “Yes,” I answered, “We had a quiet holiday—just my husband and me.”
“Don’t you have grandchildren?” There it was. The first time that anyone had asked whether I have grandchildren. Now, granted, I am old enough to have grandchildren, but I never thought that I looked grandmotherly. At least not in the way people have thought a grandmother looked. At least not enough for someone to so boldly ask. Actually, I don’t feel old enough to be grandmotherly. How does a grandmother feel? How does it feel to be old? When will I start feeling old? Continue reading Old is Not a Four-Letter Word