It is always a pleasure to have Sally over as a guest, especially when she is writing about an issue so close to my heart:
My thanks to Sue for the invitation to write a post for her today… always lovely to be over on her spectacular and eclectic blog.
Sally aged 7 years old – looking forward and not back
Why I am skipping Old Age and embarking on my Second Childhood instead.
I have researched the delights of Old Age rigorously, in an effort to determine if I want to actually accept the title. I looked after my mother for several years in her late 80s to her mid-90s, and I would say that she was young at heart until dementia robbed her of that at age 92.
She said that she felt the same inside as she had as a young woman, despite the wrinkles and failing body. She proved to me that Attitude is the key to anti-aging not botox or other miracle wrinkle busters.
I was 60 years old when she passed away and I felt that it was my obligation to carry on the family tradition she had established, to maintain at the very least a young outlook on life. I have spent the last five years attempting to achieve this desired state.
The first stage is to determine if you are already in danger of becoming one of the Old Age Brigade!
I use a little check list to identify where I am on the scale of maturity and I call it the Old Fogies Alert Test... It is a little bit of fun but it is amazing how closely I can identify with some of these statements for myself and friends and relatives who are over a certain age.
- Conversations with friends your own age turn into ‘duelling ailments’
- Your idea of a night out is sitting on your patio.
- You buy clothes that hide your body rather than enhance it.
- You give up all your bad habits and you still don’t feel good.
- You feel that no one respects your opinions anymore
- You keep repeating yourself.
- You resist going to places where you will meet new people, preferring the comfort of your known friends and acquaintances.
- You begin every sentence with ‘Nowadays or In My Day or When I was your age’
- You constantly criticise the younger generation.
- You feel that it is not worth changing at your age as it will not make a difference
- You order the same meal every time you go to a restaurant.
- Happy hour is a nap.
- You stop celebrating birthdays as it reminds you of how old you are.
As a contrast here is a list of the magical wonder of the world that I remember from when I was seven years old.
- Everyone is your friend until they prove otherwise.
- Going to school and learning to read and write is thrilling
- Soap bubbles, sixpence to spend on sweets, and a Christmas stocking are eagerly anticipated and treasured.
- You don’t like Brussel Sprouts but you eat them because mum says they are good for you, and you get treacle tart afterwards if you eat them.
- A book with pictures at bedtime is the best time of the day.
- Raindrops on the windowpane keep you fascinated for hours.
- The wonder of your first snowfall.
- The distraction of a spinning top that was meant for Christmas, but helps ease the pain of an ear-ache.
- The love of older sisters who let you tag along behind them and who make you smocked dresses with knickers to match.
- Watching cartoons on Saturday morning and laughing like a drain without worrying about what others might think.
- Hearing music and dancing as if nobody is watching.
- Singing along to your favourite songs, especially The Ugly Bug Ball.
- Believing in fairies and Father Christmas
- The future stretches ahead full of wondrous possibilities
One of the key differences between a child’s outlook in life and someone who has accepted the Old Age title.. is one is looking forward and one is looking back!
This is why I love blogging and writing books.
I am looking forward to….
- Getting up each morning and checking my blog for interaction from my online friends.
- Chatting with friends on Facebook and catching up with the ‘overnighters’ on Twitter.
- Planning next week’s posts, laughing at the videos of dogs having fun and finding new jokes to make people smile.
- Writing another short story and looking forward to sharing it with friends.
- Reading posts from around the world that entertain, inform and expand my knowledge.
- Trying one of the recipes for a food I think as commonplace that has been elevated by a creative cook.
- Reading a poem that makes me cry.
- Wishing someone thousands of miles away Happy Birthday.
- Looking forward to Christmas and sharing that time with everyone I am connected to.
- Believing in magic and fairies
- Changing someones attitude to life, love and the future with my writing.
- Sharing this post with you today.
- The future stretches ahead with wondrous possibilities
- Looking forward and not back.
On the subject of fairies…. and because I believe in healthy self-promotion…. here is my latest book Tales from the Irish Garden.
About Tales from the Irish Garden
The queen of Magia and her court have fled their sun filled Spanish homeland and the palace beneath the magnolia tree.
Arriving on the backs of geese and swans, they seek sanctuary in the magic garden of The Storyteller who welcomes them to the Emerald Island, a place where rain is almost a daily feature. Grateful for their safe haven and the generosity of their host, the queen and her courtiers embrace their new surroundings with delight.
As the seasons change throughout the year, they come into contact with many of the human and animal inhabitants of the garden and the surrounding forest, all of whom have a story to tell. This is a magical fairy story infused with fantasy and romance, as well as opportunities for mischief in the company of goblins, witches and Lerpersians. Suitable for ages 10 to 100 years old…..
Here is a selection of my other books… an amazing gif designed by Paul Andruss… thanks Paul
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