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Shortcuts For Old Age

Updated on December 21, 2017
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, and publishing such books as his "Haiku American Style".

"Snow on the roof" applies to us older folks, too.

Home is where the heat is, while still being able to shovel all that snow on the ground is important, too.
Home is where the heat is, while still being able to shovel all that snow on the ground is important, too. | Source

Taking Shortcuts

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.

It's another day, and no one is coming, but the mailbox is out there.



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    • Lauren Flauding profile image

      Lauren Flauding 

      2 years ago from Sahuarita, AZ

      Good reminders for focusing on the most important things.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Speaking of mowers, my Honda mower has a electric start. I love it. Cheers!

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond


      My Honda mower is powered, but not a ride-on. The roof has long been someone else's territory, while over-doing hasn't yet been my style. Loving the grandkids, however, that is a specialty and a niche I try to fit into as often as I can as a key part of enjoying life. Merry Christmas, Demas

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Very precious times, you are blessed. Now don't overdo it, the roof is a perfect job for a young person (with the 'boss' directing of course). Keep on enjoying life Demas, but learn to delegate. I do gardening for a 86 year old lady, and she still cuts the grass herself with her ride-on mower.


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