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To Grow Old Gracefully

Updated on February 12, 2013

This is a small collection I've written on growing older. Some are whimsical and fun. Some are wistful! Please keep in mind....ALL are exaggerations! Just a few reflections on the passage of time!

"Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise."~Margaret Atwood

Who me?

Who is she in the mirror?

I hardly know her face

Of her once girlish figure, there is no longer a trace.

I promised her once

I'd never grow old

An unrealistic statement from one so young and bold!

Not one to break a promise

I changed it up for me

I decided while I can't change time, it need not be gracefully!~

Now, I'm having second thoughts

What does that really mean?

Of course I'll do it gracefully, without nary a scene.

So, I did a small assessment

to see what I could save

There's plenty of me to work with, as long as it will behave!

Off to the store I took myself

And I really have to say

That there are about a thousand things to keep your hair from gray

And then there are the wrinkle creams

You can buy and buy and buy.

And oh the money you can spend and you do not have to try.

How about a personal trainer

to make you thin and svelte?

I must admit of everything, that one really helped.

No, I will not grow old

without a fight

While I can still take care of myself, I will with all my might!

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old."~George Burns

Snap, crackle, pop!

My stiff neck, my achy back

When I get up, my knees crack.

Gravity has shown it's face.

No hiding from it even with lace

The skin is crepey. It easily bleeds.

It seems it always has some needs.

My hair falls out and is quite dry

To this growing old, I say Good-bye!

"Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative."~Maurice Chevalier

What will he say when he's 50?!


You see yourself in their youthful stance. You hear yourself in their laughter. I think: when I was young, I too did that. We pick out clothing together. I remember, a dress like that. I remember needing new shoes to go with the dress. Just wear your black shoes I tell her. No, they have to be higher so she can be taller. They have to be the right shoes so she will be liked. (her words, not mine) I remember the gawky awkwardness of wearing those new shoes. Thinking they would help me fit in but being so afraid of falling on my face, I didn't enjoy myself. Now I wear what I want, including high heels. When did I become graceful? When did wearing high heels become natural? When did I realize that if they do hurt I could just take them off and dance in my bare feet? Much better than sitting on the side and watching? I don't know. So many things change. So many remain the same. And some, just get better with age.

"Happily there exists more than one kind of beauty. There is the beauty of infancy, the beauty of youth, the beauty of maturity, and, believe me, ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of age."~G.A. Sala.

And a final thought....

....from Sophia Loren...

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

Well said!


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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Princess. I may just have to write a few more about this. My next os about becoming a grandmother. Talk about an oxymoron! I don't know about you, but I am struggling some with the titles. I could write nonstop if it weren't for having to limit what I write about. Thanks so much for checking this out!

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      Princess Clark 5 years ago from The DMV

      Really love this hub. I'm planning on growing young and having even more fun. Looking at the "who me" in the mirror is an interesting take on growing old wisely. The new discoveries I find are quite intriguing as view the new me in the mirror. I too promise not to grow young without a fight -trainers, life coach, spa treatments and all. Love hearing more tips if you have them.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, thank you! It was fun to write!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      A subject dear to my heart!! Clever, clever write! And welcome to the Hub!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I agree! I very much enjoy life and this was definitely written "tongue in cheek" Thank you for reading it!

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      Patty Kenyon 5 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Interesting Hub!!! Time flies so fast, and although I know I am getting older, I try to keep youthful in mind. With age comes wisdom and experience that youth does not offer. I'm not saying I enjoy aging, however, I do enjoy life!!! :)