WHEN AGE BECOMES A FACTOR....

THOUGHTS ON BEING OLDER by b. Malin

photo by Andrew
photo by Andrew

IT WILL HAPPEN TO YOU....by b. Malin

"It will happen to you" she said softly looking out at the couple that stood on the beach. " I'm over sixty-five...but I'm still alive" she replied, not waiting for my answer. So once again, we sat silently staring out at the sea."To be honest with you...I'm actually EIGHTY"! "Oh my" I said looking at her for the very first time.

"That's right, I'm not a day over Eighty" she said smiling as she waited for my reply. "You look wonderful I said sighing a deep sigh. "What's your problem"? she said..."are you alone like me, no family that cares...friends dying everywhere"?

I had come to my favorite bench today to just think my thoughts...I'd left Lover Man behind to finish a chore...he was to join me later for our walk....and now I was confronted with this sad little lady who had chosen to share the bench with me.

"You look wonderful'! I replied, trying to ignore her sad question, as the ocean roared her approval.

"Bet you're really thinking...GOOD LORD SHE'S ABOUT TO DIE"! "OH NO, NO, NO, I replied back, Why on earth would I think that"?

"Because I do" she said softly looking up at the sky. I could see a tear or two forming in her eyes."But you're so ALIVE, so full of LIFE...so VIBRANT just like this day...FRESH as the ocean... The world is still yours to ENJOY"! I said trying to sound sincere.

"Oh really, you think so"? She replied cautiously looking me up and down with a deep sigh. "You're YOUNG, what do you know...But someday you'll be OLD just like ME"! She said once again looking out at the sea.

"I know," I replied softly, as I went to whisper in her ear..."I will hope that someone YOUNGER, just like me, someday, when I need it... will pick ME up when I MENTALLY FALL DOWN". I prayed silently that she understood what I was saying to her.

Suddenly a smile formed on her lips, as she reached for my hand and softly patted it. No words needed to be spoken....for she'd gotten the message. We both seemed to welcome the silence as we looked out at the vast ocean before us.

Comments 12 comments

ladyt11 6 years ago

You are so good at expressing your thoughts on a subject in such a way that your readers can understand and enjoy the moment! What a awesome job! This is really beautiful and so full of emotion. It's also food for thought. Great job I look forward to reading your hubs


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b. Malin 6 years ago Author

Thank you from the bottom of my heart...I think we all go into (as writers) some sort of a "Writers Trance" when working on a piece. I'm glad my efforts were so warmly received. So glad you enjoyed ladyt11


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epigramman 6 years ago

...age they say is matter of attitude and perhaps a state of mind but your writing - your thoughts - are timeless - and in turn that makes someone like you - ageless!!!


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b. Malin 6 years ago Author

I am ageless...I expect to still be "dancing in the streets" when I'm like the lady in this piece! Seriously that's what I want my writing to be, ageless. So thank you so much for becoming a follower it means a lot to me.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I appreciate this since I am getting up there in years. I love it when younger people try to make me feel better about it all. It is tough realizing you are not so needed any more by your children and grandchildren, so I try to make the best of our time together. Thanks.


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b. Malin 6 years ago Author

Believe me elayne001 I'm no "kid" anymore...and a lot we see from family can be hurtful.

I'm glad you enjoyed this piece


Judy 6 years ago

My body gets older but my mind is still young......I hope

it stays this way!!!!!!!!!!!!


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b. Malin 6 years ago Author

Isn't that the TRUTH! Always good to get your comments Judy.


Amie Warren 6 years ago

How beautiful. I have a friend who is scared of growing old alone. I see her in the older lady, trying to reach out, and just being shunned. It's so sad how we treat our elderly nowdays.


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b. Malin 6 years ago Author

The saddest part is...No one ever sees it coming...but sometimes "friends" are there when no one else is...and they can be family. Thanks for your comments they are always appreciated.


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joedolphin88 2 years ago from north miami FL

Age never has to be a factor my dad is 72 and he is in amazing health


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b. Malin 2 years ago Author

Hi Joedolphine, "You are as Old as you feel and Think...Thanks for stopping by and Commenting on one of my "OLDER" Hubs...I could resist the Pun!

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