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Updated on June 16, 2011
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Life Thoughts...

Women of a Certain Age, We are All the Rage.

No longer feeling the need to "Act our Age".

Our Children are grown...Most of them on their own.

Some so very, very, Far from Home.

Doing THEIR thing and listening to NO ONE...

Were We once like that?

I'd like to think as a Young Mother with two Sons,

That I took Advise sometimes...other times,

I'm Sad to say, I felt myself become Undone.

No one to turn to, Nowhere to run...

When that happened I tried to Fake It for my own Sanity.

And For my Families Happiness.

I saw My "Family Tree" the other day, when a Cousin had called to say,

"Take a look at the Web Site...See what you think".

It FREAKED ME OUT, and I'm Embarrassed to say...

Many Aunts and Uncles were Related in a most Unusual way.

Their Parents came from Russia Proud and True.

My Great, Grandmother a "Practicing Jew" .

Who too was a Rebel in her day...

Whose lap I sat on one rainy day when I was only two.

And she whispered in my ear, "you will become a Woman someday"...

"You will do the "Dance of Life"...

"And you will become a Woman of a Certain Age"...

"And You will be the Rage"...

"And you will Understand, and You will Forgive".

And now I will add, Maybe she was right.

In spite of my Fright of my "Family Tree".

I'm beginning to Forgive and Understand,

For I have become that Woman... of a Certain Age.


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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Sligobay,

      Thanks for stopping by and reading one of my older, fun to write pieces...The older I get, the MORE I find I am able to Enjoy the different stages...Wouldn't trade this time for anything!

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello b.Malin. You have become a woman of a certain age and all the rage. This is a great write which travels the trail of nostalgia from your granny's knee to grandchildren on your own knee.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Writer Fox,

      You are so right... the older we get, we do that. My parents divorced early, and so on my Father's side, I lost out on knowing about his side of the family...His Mother died early, and my Grandfather wound up outliving my father.

      Thanks for stopping by and Commenting.

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      Writer Fox 4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      For some reason, the older I get the more I think about my grandmothers. I wish I had known them better, but I lived far away from both of them.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I Love the Picture too Alocsin, and I'm so glad you thought this Hub to be Beautiful, Thank You!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Excellent sentiment and I love the pic. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      No Sweetie, you are much too YOUNG, however, as a Women, We (no matter what the age) are constantly Growing and Exploring and Learning Never Stops, I hope. Glad you Enjoyed.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi malin, nice poem. though i am not that age but i can relate to it as thinking how my mom must be feeling at this time of her life.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      And you are my Rage, Epigramman, when I go on your Page and I see the Fun that you produce for all of us to Enjoy or say, "Oh Boy!" LOL.

      Hi Daydreamer, Thank you, Thank you, for your Wonderful Comments!

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      daydreamer13 6 years ago

      I love this! Good story and nice flow. Bravo!

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      epigramman 6 years ago send me into a rage ... lol ... everytime I have the pleasure of reading you - and that is a pleasurable rage, my true poetic sage!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      We have Arrived...I, personally Love it! I don't Sweat the Small Stuff the way I used to...And isn't that half the Battle. Fossillady, Thanks for all your Wonderful and Truthful Comments.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      What goes around comes around, that's for certain isn't it B. You said it with such lovely prose! It's not so bad to be a woman of a certain age! Hee

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You so Much Ahorseback, and it's so Good to read that You feel that way. I always thought Father's and Daughter's had a Special Bond...That should Never be Broken.

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      Awesome , I agree with Sligobay , I am the father of a daughter, and always tried to empower and enlighten. It really bugs me to watch fathers "marginalize' daughters.Its one of mans greatest sins. Greeeaat! Write.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hey Ladyt11, Thank You, Thank You...from one Poet to Another, I Love it! Always a Pleasure to read your Wonderful Comments.

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      ladyt11 6 years ago

      B I love this!!! I love how you express yourself and how your work just flows. Excellent, I appreciate your work, from one poet to another! Awesome job!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I Loved your Comments Bluestar, they come from a Woman of a Certain Age, who has and is still living her Life and making Excuses to none for her Style... And Welcome Back my Friend, I Missed You!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Freedom, good state of mind and a quiet life b. that is what becoming of age means to me. I like the security that I feel in life now and the fact that someone either likes me or they don't and I don't care any more. I am proud to have learnt what a woman is, curves, heart and wrinkles lol But most of all a caretaker of those who are moving on. xx

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      I Loved Sligobay's Comments too Denise. He's definitely get a "soft side" when it comes to the Women in his Family...and the things he spoke about were so Beautifully stated. And who didn't know "I am Woman" by Helen Reddy and Sing it Proudly...I did while raising my Sons and teaching them some Sensitivity in that area. You have a Wonderful weekend also Denise.

      Hi Cheryl, you so Totally got what I was talking about with the "Family Secrets"...How I wish I had asked my Mother, but I didn't know...about those "Secrets" till now. Thanks for your "wise" Comments and liking this Hub.

      Yes, Karanda we do have that "Sense of Knowing" and hopefully we pass it on...not that the "younger" generation will listen until it's their turn to "pass it on". So glad for your Wonderful Comments as well.

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      Karen Wilton 6 years ago from Australia

      Ah yes, women of a certain age have that sense of knowing. You can only appreciate this part of life if you have been there. Wonderful poem as always b.Malin and a little bit thought provoking.

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Very deep, & heartfelt. I could just imagine what it was like back then for u*, & all the rest of us. My, my how hard it was, & I do think the only ones who truly will ever understand, are those who have "been there". Sad, how many of us grew up in an age of far too many secrects, & had to draw our own road maps, w/ no compass, but my, my, it has made u* such a wise, & deep thinking woman, who writes so very well too!

      Thank u* for sharing, it's always a joy to read what you've got to say.

      lol & peace always, Cher

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I loved sligobay's comments as well, b. Thanks again for sharing such a wonderful tribute to women of 'a certain age'. Remember that song by Helen Reddy, I am woman here me roar? LOL Have a wonderful w/e. Bookmarked this one.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      You Bet Froggy, and just where would YOU be without us? Mmm...

      I'm so Glad you feel Good now Movie Master...We are like Good Wine, we only get better with Time!

      Ah come on Mslizzee, there is no Limit in Age anymore...My Friend's Mother will be 99 next month and can talk up a storm and walks without a Cane...and that's how we will want to be Someday! Thanks for Enjoying.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hey Bobbi, Thank You. I feel Comfortable in my Skin, which I did not feel in my 20's or 30's...I agree I would NEVER want to go back in time, I'm Happy where I'm at Now. Thank you for Loving this one!

      Finally, one of my Favorite Men Hubber's comes by! Hi Sligobay and Thanks for Loving Women of A Certain Age...And you a Father of Four Women, how Great is that! I so enjoyed, your Wonderful, Wonderful Comments. Thanks for your Contributions to Womanhood, By your Thoughts and Daughters.

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      elizabeth 6 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

      Hi b. That's a great poem. Now write one for women beyond that certain age.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b. Malin, I too am at 'a certain age' suddenly I am feeling good about it!!! brilliant hub!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Kick up your heals time huh?

      The Frog

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      sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

      b. Malin this is a great write that bears no gender limitation. For we men of a certain age, love ye women of a certain age. This has been the first and foremost generation of women in our small world with so much more to come.

      I am the father of four women who will move this spinning, orbiting orb of foible into centricity. Only since the decisions and legislation of the seventies have women been equalized rather than marginalized by our world's civilization and society. The suffragettes merely broke down barriers. The modern women have taken the strides through them and over them. The glass ceiling remains like a damaged ozone layer. Rise and shine. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world and a better world it shall become.

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      I've often wondered what a 'certain age' is and this poem helps to clarify that.:0) I often thought about the younger years, but never want to go back in time. Even if I knew then what I know now. I love where I am and love this piece.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      A Big Thank You to You Happyboomemurse, for Loving and finding Truth in what I've said... I think I've Finally arrived at a Good Place in my Life...and judging from the reaction of my Women friends, We are all Comfortable in our Skin!

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      I absolutely loved this and found it full of truth and wisdom. I love being a woman of a certain age. Voted this hub up, useful, awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you so much Denise Handlon your Comments make Me so Happy...I look forward to your version as well!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Bravo B-this one really hits the mark. Voted up and Awesome. (one day I will share my own version of this 'Call') Enjoyed.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      We are Magnificent and Beautiful, Breakfastpops...Let's drink a "Toast" to that! So Glad You Enjoyed!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Very well said Bella. And behind these children and Men are Us, the Good Women! We give so much... and ask for so little in return.

      You Fly Me to the Moon Bbnix...What a Beautiful reply in Poem form...We all say Thank You!

      Thank You Neil, and doesn't it feel Good to have the Confidence to go with this Age

      Yes it is Miss iKim, and think of what is yet to come...and how good it will feel to be there!

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Beautiful and so true. Women of a Certain Age are magnificent. Up beautiful and awesome.

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      miss_jkim 6 years ago

      Wise, wonderful and true words; being a "Woman of a certain age" is very liberating.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, I think I must have got to that age too! lol but what a great poem, loved it, cheers nell

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      bbnix 6 years ago from Southern California

      A gift of women, to my life

      A gift of majesty, what a sight

      Forever beholden, my meager might

      The rue of woman, a great plight

      You give the world, all its light

      Yet, all to often, feel love's bite

      I wish I could simply, be your heart's kite


      Blessed are all the women "of a certain age"...

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      This is so very true B. Sometimes I see myself living in my mothers and grandmothers shadows which I pass along to my two step daughters and my own three kids. We live and learn and grow into woman and I think that alone is something beautiful for with out woman there wouldn't be a revolution to procreate. Very well written.

      smiles :)