A Haiku - Refurbished

The Grandkids want to stop by and say "Hi!"

Decline? Inevitable.  Decline the visits? Never.
Decline? Inevitable. Decline the visits? Never. | Source

New paint, new fabric,

That’s easy to do right now.

How to brighten me?


The muscles declined.

“Doesn’t,” what it “did” before

Two percent, now eight.*


Each year downhill, true.

Each one has his or her turn.

Which one? Me and you.


Thin and loosening,

What was tight before, not now.

Energy was lost.


Memory still good.

How long? I can’t be too sure.

Glasses now to see.


Hearing’s good so far.

(Sometimes I wish it wasn’t!)

Stable on my feet.


I know the answer!

Grandkids think it’s all okay:

“It’s the way they are.”


That’s the way it is.

“Sure can! Bring them over soon!”

…refurbished, again.


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* After age 25 some say we start naturally losing 2% (on average) of our remaining muscle each year. But we reach a point in later years where inactivity can sap (on average) 8% of the remainder per year. Refurbish means “to brighten” or restore a newness. The loving acceptance of a grandchild can do it as well as anything else.

 

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this and I can so relate!


picklesandrufus 4 years ago

You hit this nail on the head!! I know exactly what you mean. Well done!!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AudreyHowitt: "And a little child shall teach them." Oh, how we see the best of ourselves, and acceptance of others, in the best of the grandkids doings.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

picklesandrufus: Grandkids can refurbish the heart, can't they!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is wonderful and so very true..


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

always exploring: Gardening time here, now that the sun is lower. The grandkids love the garden and all the fruits. Time to get them growing and keep them growing (the garden plants and the grandkids!) I'm glad you could enjoy this one.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and beautiful. I know its grand-kids who always make people feel like they were born again. Have a good time with yours.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

it's so true that ones we've aged the body is slow to regenerate...yet, youthfulness is what one perceives...

awesome...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: I changed the ending of "like new" to "again". What we gain as to memories and perhaps wisdom is counterbalanced by some loss of other faculties.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

raciniwa: I perceive your youthfulness. How's mine doing?


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mollymeadows 4 years ago from The Shire

I'm beginning to know what you mean, Perspycacious! We each find different ways to refurbish our "houses." I enjoyed reading this.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

mollymeadows: "Brightening" however we can adds zest to the days. Thanks for finding this Hub and taking a look at it.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

So true, as mine do make me feel younger and happier for sure. Beautiful poem. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Faith Reaper: Parents and grandparents have the primary roles in raising good children who will eventually guide this country's future destiny. What they take the time to see, and listen to, and teach will do far more good than presidents and senators and representatives, or even teachers, can do or correct in their lifetimes. But, those future leaders will have come from among today's children. I pray that they continue to make us both "feel younger and happier for sure."


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Amen to all of that, Perspycacious!!!


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

I love these and they are so appropriate for the stage of life I am in. Re furbish, indeed.! :) I have three grown sons, all married now and the oldest and youngest have children. So I am "shesha" (shehshuh) to three grandchildren who are 5, 7, and 8. And no one lives more than an hour from me, which is wonderful. :) I hope you have great weekend.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: I have 16 who are scattered from NH to CA with 11 in between. We have a reunion coming up in July and will just luxuriate and watch all the cousins interact.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Oh, my! Sixteen. Your cup indeed runneth over. :)


Perspycacious 4 years ago

phdast7: More like a soup mug than a cup.

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