Shortcuts For Old Age
"Snow on the roof" applies to us older folks, too.
I found myself the other day
avoiding a sidewalk
because cutting across some grass
would save me a few moments of time.
I thought as I did so,
"What am i saving the time for?"
The realistic answer came,
"You are aging,
and saving the time that is left
is more important somehow."
I saved those few seconds,
but climbing stairs is slower now.
So the time saved by crossing the lawn
was used up immediately
when I came upstairs to use this computer.
I find I do a better job of chewing my food.
(Mother would be proud, if she were still here.)
I used to put some flakes of cereal in my bowl,
with a little milk swirled around,
before I dashed off for school in the morning,
unfed but undeterred by my Mom's wishes.
Now I relish a leisurely breakfast
and wonder whether or not I am wasting time
better used in some more serious undertaking.
Then again, "undertaking" is something
we "elders" alternately wish for and try to avoid.
Now it is true that "saving time"
to hold a grandchild in my lap,
while rocking and telling stories,
is time well saved for.
And likewise, living longer
in order to do more of that is wise.
Now some of those grandkids are coming.
So, bundling up and hurrying
outside to start clearing snow
from the driveway may be just the thing,
as long as I don't overdo it,
and rush myself to the wrong "undertaking."
The day will come soon enough
when their grandmother
will call and ask them to help
their grandfather clear the driveway;
but not today, when saving time
to be together is time well spent.