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Upon Seeing the Old People on My Way to School

Updated on December 18, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

me, grampa, sis, cory, mom, andy
me, grampa, sis, cory, mom, andy | Source
me and grampa, less then three months before he passed
me and grampa, less then three months before he passed | Source

Upon Seeing The Old People on My Way To School



dad would always say

"what you are

they once were.

what they are

you will be."

now,

his hair is white

and gray

threatens me



all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price Jan 25, 2012


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PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at efiction horror. Husband to andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also writes his blog, FirstBlog. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Great comment sunnie :-) t's funny... the older i get, the older old gets. I suppose that's part of life, eh?

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      Had to comment once again on this one...As a young person it is almost hard to grasp the thought of growing old..the trick is never let your mind get old and take out all the mirrors then you will only think they are staring at you because your just a good lookin guy!..:) but you have quite a ways to go before you have to worry...Gypsy said it best!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much Andrea

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      Andrea333 

      6 years ago

      I think this is beautiful PDX.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Deborah. I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      awesome pictures of your family and you... great hub.. what wonderful memories.

      Thanks for sharing

      Debbie

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Till, I'm not sure if this is a poem or an anecdote, but the message is the same, I suppose. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      With age comes wisdom and your father knew what he was talking about. It is always a good thing when we have such loving relationships with our grandparents. Your poem or anecdote truly made the point nicely. Growing old isn't always easy but it certainly beats the alternative. Loved the photos too! Voted up. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Peggy and yes it does. I've noticed that very much.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Time definitely seems to speed up the older one gets! Nice photo of you and your grandpa!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Raciniwa. I was 29 when he passed away and I got to spend a lot of time with him, so, while I miss him, he lived a full life and i got to spend a lot of time with him :-)

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      raciniwa 

      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      Hello Justin!!! great to see you and your grandpa...it must be awfully sad for you that he has passed already...

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're welcome and thank you for ewnjoying this!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nice poem, and thank for sharing the pics!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Melovy. It might even be more of an anecdote then a poem.

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      Yvonne Spence 

      6 years ago from UK

      There’s a lot of power in such a short poem. I like it!

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Denise, it was. I really appreciate, the older i get, the time I spend with people.

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awww, I love this poem/saying Words of the wise. I also love the family photo. What a special time to be with your grampa before he passed. We never know, do we, how long we will have to see each other.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Debby. It's a very sage saying, indeed.

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      Hi Justin ~ I love that saying. Perfect! Counting the gray hairs. Blessings, Debby

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Suzzy. I actually helped him edit his last book shortly before he passed so I got really close to him then.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Tara, I definitely think you trade youthful vigor for wisdom. To me, that's a fair trade. But, I also need to realize that life is but a vapor and I need to enjoy it and live it to the fullest... whatever that cliche means :-)

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      Susan Britton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like the white hair. I have fond memories of my Grandpa too. nice read.

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      tarajeyaram 

      6 years ago from Wonderland

      These thoughts gives me dreams too. Yet again they say growing old is about becoming wiser. It is a good thing. Thanks for sharing the hub. Nice pictures.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thank you, one2 and I appreciate the follow as well!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Angela, that's my hope. As I've said in other comments, I've always enjoyed the company and serenity of the elderly

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      one2recognize2 

      6 years ago from New York

      very sweet and precise, thanks for sharing. loved the pics, voted up, awesome and beautiful... ;)

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      Angela Blair 

      6 years ago from Central Texas

      Delightful Hub -- and loved the pictures. Take it from an old lady -- there's a lot worse things that can befall one than growing older (or old) -- fact is, I'm enjoying it immensely (and so will you)! Best, Sis

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Femme, thank you. He was quite the charmer. I remember seeing those elderely people, many of them living on the brink of sanity, walking up and down the hill. I used to fear being like them but now, I find older age isn't such a bad deal... and everyone (well, most everyone) gets there :-) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      femmeflashpoint 

      6 years ago

      Justin,

      I don't know if there's a better place for a high school and nursing home to be, more than right next to each other.

      Energy is infectious, but often, so is wisdom and grounding.

      Seems like it the two would make for ideal neighbors.

      Loved the photos. They gave me a smile. And speaking of smiles, your grandfather's was magnificient. :)

      femme

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Amy, thanks. Age is a mindset totally and the older i get the younger everyone else gets. My dad just turned 60 and that doesn't seem old to me. Not sure how old you are, but I'd probably be shocked if I found out :-)

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      yes. It's hard to believe I'm already in my 30's. I remember when 30 was old...

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      Amy Becherer 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Truer words have never been uttered. I was feeling very blue when I was not hired for the latest job that I was interviewed in person for, following a great phone interview. All I could deduce was I didn't fit their youthful image. About a week later, in my local Walgreens, I was carded by a woman whose jaw dropped when she saw my age. She said "Girl, keep doing whatever you're doing". She then said I looked like I belonged on the cover of the Vogue magazine I had just purchased. I left feeling reborn. I love that woman! Change is inevitable, but it is never easy for anyone. Your words are few, but profound.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Hi Justin. Your father was so right. We all get there and the time seems to fly past.

    • PDXKaraokeGuy profile imageAUTHOR

      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Ruby, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed this and my brevity!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      well, Breakfastpop, i suppose that depends on your perspective :-)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Justin, I love the way you express an emotion with only a few words..We will all get there. Be happy on the journey..Loved this...

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      breakfastpop 

      6 years ago

      Well, the alternative is awful!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Bri, he was. A real ladies man too :-)

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Dexter I thought you were going to say "What I like about you, you really know how to dance." No kidding.

      Thanks Dexter. I don't feel like you need to say much to get the point across most times. Thanks for reading commenting and complimenting.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thatnks Sunnie. My dad IS very wise :-) Time does fly. My baby sister is going to be 21 this year. I'm 11 years older then her, so i remember the day she was born very vividly and it makes me feel a little old.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Pickles, yes he was and so are you. Thanks for reading!

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Gypsy... I've actually gotten along really well with older people my whole life. I've always admired there wisdom and peaceful auras. I'm in no rush to join them in elderliness, but I don't fear it much either.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Ghaelech... it does go fast. frighteningly fast. My high school was actually next to a retirement home so it was an interesting contrast.

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      bri36 

      6 years ago

      way cool pix bro, grandpa looks like a really cool guy.

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      Do you know what I like about you? Of course you don't, so I will tell you! The way you are able to get across a message with impact and using so few words. That is a real gift and you have it!

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Very profound PDX..It is amazing how time goes by. I cant believe how my parents are in their seventies, me in my 50's my kids in their 30's just yesterday I was listening to Chicago, sitting at the park with my friends...in the blink of an eye..I love that picture with your Grandpa...I know you treasure it too..

      Great thoughts and your dad was very wise.

      Sunnie

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      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      your dad was so right and it is better than the alternative! Enjoyable read. vote up

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Deep thoughts. It's not so bad getting older. As long as you have love, family and friends.

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      Ghaelach 

      6 years ago

      Morning Justin.

      But aren't they wonderful memories that stick in our heads, those old folk we see on our way to school. This cycle of life never stops turning. Sometimes it goes a little faster than we would like.

      Take care and have a nice day.

      LOL Ghaelach

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