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Old Age Just Snuck Up on Me.

Updated on February 1, 2019
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Susan has three grown children and eleven grands. She has learned a lot through the messes of life. God is her anchor! He grants wisdom.

Grow Old With Me

I Love You Forever
I Love You Forever

Are You Older?

If you are in the 'older' category of life, this article will resonate with you. Those of us who have lived on this earth for a multitude of years look back and wonder, "Where did the time go?" Just yesterday we were kids, weren't we?

As the 'older' generation (to anyone younger than us) we have a big responsibility. We choose how we behave as we grow old. We can either let the hard things in life make us bitter, which renders us inapproachable, or we choose to allow the trials of life, to make us better. When we choose to learn and grow through trials we become precious older saints, whom God touches with His grace.

As we yield to the Potter, His hand shapes us. We have much to offer the 'kids' in this world. The question is will we reach out and touch the younger generation, or will we 'retire' and waste the richness of lessons learned through trials and hardships? Think about it, the older saint who has grown and become wise has a world of wisdom to pass down.

Has No Wrinkles
Has No Wrinkles | Source

Inspiration

My brother sent me a video featuring a speaker at an old-folks home. The name of the lady who spoke to the group is Mary Maxwell. Included in her presentation was a prayer. This prayer led my brother and me to laugh until we cried.

Be sure to listen to the video of Mary Maxwell. I want you to experience the whole package of this hilarious little dynamite of a woman. It is extremely funny, entertaining sprinkled with gems of truth.

Mary is the inspiration for this article. During her prayer, she uses the phrase "Old Age Just Snuck Up on Me." I have also included some powerful song videos which hold a special place in my heart. I hope you will take the time to relax, reflect and listen to each song. I pray they minister to you as they continue to minister to me.

Though I do not consider myself to be 'old' yet - the 'old' is just around the corner and it is quickly sneaking up on me. How about you? Please enter into the conversation in the comment section below. Take the poll and see how others voted. Thank you for taking the time to contemplate the journey we are all on.

They Grow Up so Quickly
They Grow Up so Quickly | Source

Depression in the Elderly

"Clinical depression in the elderly is common. That doesn't mean it's normal. Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and older. But only 10% receive treatment for depression. The elderly often display symptoms of depression differently. Depression in the elderly is frequently confused with the effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines used to treat them." webmd.com

Time Slips By

Wasn't it just yesterday we were children playing ball at the park with the neighbor kids? Wasn't it just a bit ago we graduated, fell in love and began a new life? Tell me, wasn't it just an eye blink ago when we held our babies as joy coursed through our veins?

It seems like a moment ago our children became teens and with that came a flood of their friends filling our homes with endless fun and activities? In the blink of an eye, our children graduated, married, had babies and began their own journey following their own path.

When I was a young Mother I heard a song written and sung by Annie Carpenter. The Goodnight Kiss (video featured below) is the story of a mom's reflection as she looks back on her life. She realizes how quickly her children have grown up. She says, 'before you know it, they are out the door.' As a young mom, as I listened to this song my greatest biggest yearning was to keep my children with me forever. Huge crocodile tears rolled as I contemplated the brevity of time I had left. I loved being my children's mother. I could not imagine life without them.

Where have all of the years gone? The moments passed by so quickly. One day I was changing diapers and bathing my babies. Then next I am being escorted down the aisle to witness my beautiful baby girl giving her vows to her beloved. Another day I am in a hospital room holding my first-born grandchild and today that same child is a beautiful grown woman of 21 years old. How can that be?

Steve & Annie Chapman - Goodnight Kiss

A Grandma's Joy

Today I am a Nana to eleven grandchildren. Little did I know the JOY these little ones would bring to my life. The place my grandchildren hold in my heart is sacred. As a Nana, I hold each moment as a trust and a treasure to be stored and savored in the quiet moments. When I gaze into my granddaughter's trusting eyes, I marvel at their adoration - for me. Wonder of wonder's, I am unconditionally loved by these innocent babes. I tuck the memory of those loving eyes into a soft spot reserved in my soul and count it as a blessed treasure frozen in time.

As my grandson's, Wee Man and Little Man, run through the front door, they jump into my arms crying "Nana I'm here!" I smother them with kisses and revel in the affection! I am told they ask their mama frequently, "Can we pleeeeeaaaaassse go to Nana's? The innocence and trust they possess, move me to the core, and the Nana Bear in me longs to protect and stand up to anyone who might dare to touch that.

I Forgot!

Funny Grandpa
Funny Grandpa

Growing Old with Grace

Throughout the years I have made friendships with older women. As I have studied them, I have learned. Many of these women are weighed down by defeat and discouragement, a heaviness clearly reflected in their faces.

In comparison, there are other older women who seem to rise above the burden of getting old. These women wear dignity under their white hair. Contentment and joy radiate from their faces.

Another thing I observed about older women is their attitude had nothing to do with the ease or difficulty of their lives. Some of the sweetest older women I know have lived in very difficult situations. On the other hand, there are others whose lives are fairly simple; yet they became sour and unapproachable.

The women growing old with grace hold a special beauty. A loveliness that shines and seeps through their wrinkles. Growing old with grace requires a godly perspective and wisdom.

God teaches me through older women 'how NOT to be' and 'how I ought to be.'

As an older woman, I have been through most of the stages in life. I have learned through the good times, the bad times, the teachable times and the pulling-my-hair-out times.

God uses it all if we allow Him access and if we bow in humility and surrender to His plan for our lives. I thank God for the many opportunities I have been given to come alongside the younger women in my life encouraging them on their way.

Grandma's House

What Happens at Grandma's House
What Happens at Grandma's House

Poem on Aging

Blessed In Aging
~Esther Mary Walker

Blessed are they who understand
My faltering step and shaking hand

Blessed, who know my ears today
Must strain to hear the things they say.

Blessed are those who seem to know
My eyes are dim and my mind is slow

Blessed are those who look away
When I spilled tea that weary day.

Blessed are they who, with cheery smile
Stopped to chat for a little while

Blessed are they who know the way
To bring back memories of yesterday.

Blessed are those who never say
“You’ve told that story twice today”

Blessed are they who make it known
That I am loved, respected and not alone.

Mary Maxwell Prays

Humorous Quotes

You know you're getting old when ...

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.

- Harrison Ford

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For My Writing Buddies - 60 staring you in the face

With 60 staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs.

- James Thurber

May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful

I do not believe there is a more important job on earth than to raise a godly generation. To Invest our lives in our children and grandchildren is to reap eternal rewards.

These children are our future. In the famous poem, "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle," by William Ross Wallace, a woman's value is highly esteemed as the refrain repeats, "The hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world."

In a society where women are not respected for their decision to stay home to raise children, it takes great courage and conviction to stand against the tide. If you are such a Mother, I honor you for your sacrifice and commitment. You understand the grave responsibility entrusted to you. Great is your reward for planting the seeds of kindness, virtue, goodness, love, character, responsibility and more into your child's heart.

We leave footprints you know; Footprints for good or for bad. When we model faithfulness and godliness we pass that on to our children. When we model self-absorption, laziness or entitlement this too is passed on to our children. What type of footprints are you leaving? We will leave a trail of courage or a trail of uncertainty and fear. Yes, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Great is your influence on many generations that come behind you.

Find Us Faithful, Steve Green

The Bible On Aging

THE BIBLE ON OLD AGE

Isaiah 46:4 (NIV) “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Leviticus 19:32 “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly.”

Proverbs 20:29
“The glory of young men is their strength, gray hair the splendor of the old.” (NIV)

Proverbs 23:22 “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” (ESV)

II Corinthians 4:16 - "Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wastng away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."

Job 12:12 "With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding."

Let the Older Teach the Younger

Experience is a great teacher if we are teachable. God says that when He takes us through a thing, we are to encourage those who come behind us. He has a purpose for everything and He promises never to leave us or forsake us. There is a generation coming behind us who need the wisdom we have to offer.

I have learned much through the school of hard knocks. Wise is the young woman who opens his/her heart to a Godly, seasoned, older person; one who has become stronger as a result of their own trials in life.

Will you heed the call of young people everywhere? Young people who are lost in a world of confusion and darkness. There is a need today. Perhaps a greater need in America than any other time. As a younger person, how awesome it would be to have an older woman or man come alongside and be your rock, your cheerleader, your ever faithful friend. I challenge you today to be that Godly influence in a young person's life today

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Heaven is my Home

As the years pass, my longing for Heaven grow stronger. When I spend time In God's word and I listen quietly I hear Him speak to my heart. I am struck with the truth that I am just a pilgrim here on this earth-place and that eternity is not far off.

God brought me into his family at the tender age of 15. He has been the rock and my constant in life; my shelter in the time of the storm. I know, that I know, that I know; I am His! Blessed Assurance, to know Jesus is Mine.

At the age of fifteen, my girlfriend's Dad took the time to answer my questions. I knew at that age that there had to be more to this life. I reasoned that someone had to have designed this beautiful world. Someone way more intelligent than I had designed this body with all of its intricacies. I did not know how to figure it out?I prayed and God answered my prayer through an older man, Mr. Haworth.

One night in the coziness of their home, Mr. Haworth began to talk to me about the Bible. He opened God's word and explained that there is a creator of the Universe and his name is God. Not only did He create the Universe, but He created me. He said that God loved me and actually had a specific purpose for my life. This was the BEST news I had ever heard.

He told me that there was one problem with my ability to talk to God and have a relationship with Him. He said that God is Holy; He cannot even look at sin. We, his creation, fall short of His glory and holiness. It is our sin that separates us from God.

Dad Haworth continued to explain, that if that was the end of the story we would be lost; without hope. God's holiness demands a payment for sin. God loves us and had a plan to restore us to fellowship with Him.

God offered up His one and only sinless son Jesus to take our place and pay the price for our sin. This offering of Jesus life is called substitutionary death (Jesus in MY place.) Jesus was the only one who could have taken our place because He is totally sinless.

He took our sin in His own body and PAID the price (death) for our sin. Jesus willingly laid down His life so that we might be saved from the penalty of sin; which is separation from God for all eternity. Here is what God says in His word: "The wages of sin is death!" Romans 3:23. "But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. Rom. 6:23. "For God so LOVED the world that He gave his one and only son, that WHOSOEVER believes in Him should not perish but HAVE eternal life." John 3:16. My heart pounded as I began to understand how much Jesus loves me. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lays down his life for his friends." John 15:13.

Jesus actually had JOY as He gave his life up for you and me; knowing that death on the cross would provide eternal life for us. "Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY that was set before Him endured the cross. " Hebrews 12:2.

Jesus died that we might live eternally. The condition (read above ) is that we believe. The New Testament was originally written in Greek. The Greek meaning for the word believe is more than a mere head knowledge. This word 'believe' means to place my complete trust in who He is, what He says and what He did for me on the cross of Calvary.

Believing, in the biblical sense, is more than an intellectual acknowledgement. When we believe as the Bible teaches we are transformed inwardly. We become a child of God and we are adopted into His family. When the impact of what God did for me really sunk into my head I fell to my knees and worshiped Him. I confessed my own sin and surrendered my whole life to Him as Lord and Savior. On that night, so long ago, God adopted me into His family. Today I can say, with great confidence, I am His kid and He is my Abba (Daddy) Father.

I have never ever regretted the decision I made that night. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit become more precious to me with each year. I am far from perfect - a sinner saved by grace and as the song goes ... 'He's still workin' on me .. to make me what I ought to be.'

My heart longs for my heavenly home as I imagine what it will be like to be in my eternal home and in God's presence. The song I have posted below, I can only Imagine, communicates that anticipation and longing for Heaven. My friend, the Holy Spirit speaks in a still small voice ..please listen in the quietness of this moment, do you hear him calling your name?

I Can Only Imagine

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Funny Poem By Vocal Coach

As Old age is just around the corner for many of us, we need to keep our sense of humor. This Poem is funny and charming at the same time. Enjoy!

TO AGE OR NOT TO AGE

© 2012 Susan Ream

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    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      4 years ago from Michigan

      Oh dear Rolly, You always leave a smile on my face! You have had many losses Rolly - losing a parent is tough and losing friends is heartbreaking.

      I'm glad you were able to prepare and present eulogies - knowing you as I do I know what a blessing and comfort you have left to families who grieve.

      Thank you for your kind words and for sharing a laugh with me. Mary is a hoot isn't she - kinda reminds me of a female Rolly. ;)

      God Bless you Buddy and thanks again!

      Mekenzie

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi my friend... reading this reminded me of the fact I have lost parents, several school friends and a multitude of people these past few years. I have had the privilege of doing their services, doing eulogies and being involved in ministry with families long after. Death is something none can escape, it is our choice what we leave behind. A well looked after life will leave many healthy lives to carry on where we left off. Thank you for the reminder and yes the smile you have left me with today. You are a keeper my friend and a blessing in so many ways...

      Hugs from Canada

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      WD Curry 111 

      7 years ago from Space Coast

      More everyday . . . then I soak in a hot bath.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      WD, good to see you. Old Folks Boogie eh? So do you groove to the Boogie? Thanks for the video.

      Mekenzie

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      WD Curry 111 

      7 years ago from Space Coast

      How do you know when you are over the hill?

      http://youtu.be/XmC_OhP7V2w

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      moonlake, Welcome! Yes old age just sneaks up on us .. I am glad you enjoyed Mary Maxwell too .. she's a hoot! It's so funny, as I opened this hub today the ads are for anti-wrinkle creams and the best aging skin products. That really does make me feel OLD.. wonder if I should get me some? LOL

      Mekenzie

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      Mary Maxwell is so funny. Loved your hub. Old age does just sneak up on you. Suddenly we're being called elderly.

      Voted Up and sharing.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      frogyfish, hello friend. I am glad you found the hub to be enjoyable and encouraging - I so enjoyed putting it together. Had you heard the song Faithful before? I have sung it a few times as a solo .. it is deeply moving and also the cry of my heart. Happy that it spoke to you today.

      Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      frogyfish 

      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Enjoyable and encouraging set of words and pictures...loved the prayer video and especially the 'Faithful' song. Really a welcomed hub today! Thank you.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Welcome Bob and thank you! Wonder if I should try your secret .. but how do I thin out my hair to reveal more scalp? You are a funny guy! I hope you have a great day too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your mark.

      Mekenzie

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      Civil War Bob 

      7 years ago from Glenside, Pennsylvania

      Wonderful hub, MeKenzie...voted up, useful, beautiful, and interesting. I've solved the grey hair problem by thinning it out so more scalp shows than hair. The cap helps, too, but the Fu Manchu lets waitresses know they don't need to card me! Have a great day, Nanna!!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      MFB, You start it and I'll join it because I'm accepting it too. There is wisdom to gather if we allow life to teach us.

      So nice to see you and to read your artistic hubs once again.

      Mekenzie

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      Matthew Frederick Blowers III 

      7 years ago from United States

      Let's start a club, the "I'm old and I'm accepting it"....LOL..lovely words here McKenzie.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I am trying to cover my gray hair too .. those silver strands snuck up on me and I wasn't ready for them. LOL

      Mary Maxwell is a hoot! I'm so glad you watched it. Thanks for coming by for a read and for the vote up.

      God Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

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      anndavis25 

      7 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      What a wonderful hub! Well thought out and put together. I am trying to cover my gray hair, but I feel wiser with age, and so far, enjoying it.

      The video of Mary Maxwell, just slayed me.

      AD....voted up and awesome!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      vocalcoach, I hope I will emulate aging with grace too. We have many who come behind us who are watching us and I think ... are they learning strength and hope or weakness and pain through our lives. With God's grace we look to Him to see life through His eyes and grow deeper in love with Him each day. His mercies endure forever.

      Thank you so much for the encouraging comments. Your writing is such an inspiration to me and I am so happy to have found you here on the hubs!

      God Bless YOU dearheart!

      Mekenzie

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      With out a doubt the best article on aging I've ever read. I am inspired with your words "Some women wore dignity under their white hair emulating a joy and contentment with their place in life."

      I hope that is what I emulate. Even with my own aches and pains I am so blessed - I especially feel this way (thankful to God) when I see others my age in such bad condition.

      I loved the scriptures you quoted on aging. And oh, thank you for linking my poem to this brilliant hub. I am so honored. Voting up and straight across!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Peggy, It is crazy how fast that time goes and I do remember thinking time was endless when I was a child. I spent hours looking up at the stars and studying their patterns, catching firefly's and fishing by the lake. Now the time is really zipping (as you say) by.

      It is so important to enjoy every moment and capture it in our hearts. Though we are aging we also have much to offer those who come behind us. We have the perspective of enduring many of life's trials - and if we have learned patience we can cheer our family and those we mentor on.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your thoughts.

      God Bless!

      Mekenzie

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Funny how old age sneaks up on one! Time seemed almost endless when young and now the weeks, even months seem to zip on by. Nice thought...that of no creaking knees or need for medical tests in heaven! Thanks!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Larry, I would say you certainly were thrown into a catastrophe physically. You got hit without warning it seems. I am sorry for all you have been through .. a ton of pain and difficulty for sure.

      Many people are having problems with employment especially as they age .. unfortunately it is the state of affairs in our world right now.

      Life has been hard for many of us .. different ways different seasons. Being young was a nightmare for me so I know what you speak of. We cannot change the past or those we had no control over ... I wrote a hub on Forgiveness ... believe it or not ... it was forgiveness that set me free from the pain of my past. I know it sounds ridiculous to forgive someone who neglected, violated or hurt you. You'd have to read the hub to understand the process I went through.

      As you have read my hub you know that I am a believer so I have the hope of eternity .. there will be no more creaking joints or medical tests in Heaven. I have lots of issues physically but I understand they are temporary. Thinking about all the ways I can make a difference in people's lives keeps me going.

      Thank you for your comments and I do hope that you can gain employment and that you will be blessed.

      Mekenzie

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      Larry Wall 

      7 years ago

      In my case, turning old did not sneak up on me. It just grabbed me one day. I had a serious condition when I was 49 (perforated colon--I will spare you the gory details) and I was hospitalized for 14 days. Eight weeks later, I was back in the hospital to remove the colostomy I got in the first operation and was in for 11 days. Three years later I am back in the hospital to remove the scare tissue that had formed a ring around my colon and was causing a blockage, another 10 days in the hospital.

      So by the time I was 55, I was old. I am now 60, unemployed and looking for work, knowing I will not be hired because of my age.

      Some will say I just gave in too easily. Well being young, was not always a blast in my house, so being old is not too bad.

      Some say it is a state of mind. It is also a state of creaking joints, frequent medical tests and paying more attention to the Social Security and Medicare debates.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      I'd help you look for it but I can't find my glasses.

      Thanks for the Hugs Buddy!

      Mekenzie

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      7 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Personally Mckenzie I like to think of it as maturing at a steady pace... has anyone seen my keyboard I lost the fool thing again...

      Hugs for this one... well done

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Thank You G-Ma Johnson .. it's nice to meet you. :0)

      HUGS Back!

      Mekenzie

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Great Hub loved it...Thanks for sharing...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      teaches, I am so happy you enjoyed the hub and that it made you laugh. :) Really glad you loved the scripture references .. as you know, they are life. We have a choice as we grow older. Will we grow bitter or better?

      I have prayed that God makes me sweet as I age and I know He will answer that prayer as I draw near to Him.

      God Bless You and thanks for your encouragement!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I so enjoyed reading your hub! I am laughing at the jokes and the quick wit with which you have written this article. Seriously, I love the scripture references and the encouragement you write on getting older. Voted up.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Dee, I KNOW .. wasn't she so funny! I'm glad you shared the laughter with my brother and me. Thanks for leaving a comment .. I appreciate it!

      Mekenzie

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Sandra, How wonderful that you have embraced getting old and even looked forward to being better than ever. All who know you are most certainly blessed!

      Mekenzie

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      Susan Ream 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      jdove-miller, She is hilarious isn't she. Nice to have you visit and leave your comment.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Dee aka Nonna 

      7 years ago

      This was very good. Haven't laughed this hard in a while. Old age snuck up on me to, but I am trying really hard not to let "it" have the last laugh....LOL

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      Sandra Busby 

      7 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      I always knew that I would like being "a little old lady" better than any phase of my life, and sure enough, it's true. Thanks for SHARING. Sandra Busby

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      jdove-miller 

      7 years ago

      Watched the video of Mary's prayer. She is hilarious. Thanks for sharing.

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