Old Lady

This afternoon I turned on the TV waiting for the NCAA National Championship game and to kill time while I was cooking dinner I flipped on Law and Order, SVU. An “old lady” is raped and people are wondering why anyone would want to rape an old lady.  While looking for evidence, one of the detectives asked the age of the old lady. Well, she was 72. Now this is also my age and I’ve never thought of myself as an old lady. But, it did get me thinking about aging and what it means to each of us. I have certainly noticed several changes in my body. Things are starting to go south, my hair is getting very thin and getting silvery. I’m discovering age spots on my legs and arms from spending way too much fun in the sun as a girl. I spend a lot of time bending over my sewing machine and I spent many years taking notes on a laptop computer at work so my back is getting a curvature it never had before. It’s more difficult to get up off the ground when I sit on it to put grommets into my hula implement bags.

On the good side I still have a lot of energy. I take four classes of dance a week with extra practices here and there. I still have enough balance to work out on my Simply Fit Board which helps keep the heart rate up, the waist trimmed. I’ve kept my weight down at 125-128. I sleep well and eat well. I enjoy cooking healthy and seldom eat out. I can still mow my yard although the huge buffalo grass has me whipped. I keep my mind from atrophy by trying to keep up with current events which unfortunately also makes my blood pressure rise, but since it’s always been very low, I’m not worried. Although I didn’t grow up with computers and Smart Phones, I can usually manage to use them without a lot of problems except for Windows 10, which I loathe. I have a lovely relationship with my youngest son who calls me every week just to talk. We always seem to find so much to talk about. And, I’m happy that both my sons are doing well and have very special women in their lives.

So, though I might be considered an “old lady” by some standards, by my standards I may be getting older, but I’m not feeling my age. I’m anxiously awaiting what is in store for me in the future…number one wish–a partner that dances!


2 thoughts on “Old Lady

  1. Sharon Martin

    Ki’ihele, So good to hear from you! Yes, it does seem strange, I am 62, but still feel 16 in my head. Yes, it is getting awkward trying to get up gracefully off the floor these days and there are times after doing basics for a while, the knees start to hurt. I don’t think I look my age and neither do you! We are not the same as the generation or two before us. I think that today’s 60 and 70 year old are the new 40 year old. At least I like to think so!

  2. I’ve been so busy I’ve neglected my blog. I have performance coming up…two in hula and one in line-dance so have had a lot of extra practices. Amazingly enough I’ve never had a problem with my knees, Thank God for that. My sewing business has taken off again with halau gearing up for May Day and Spring Fest, etc so that has also added to my busyness!

    I think you’re right…60-70 is the new 40. I use to think people were crazy to call these “The Golden Years”. But, now that I’m in them I understand a little bit of what they were trying to convey. I can do what I want, when I want. Though financially I’m a disaster there are just so many places to go, people to see, things to do that don’t cost anything except time, although sometimes that’s at a premium. I may be paying for the sins of my youth, but I had such a great time, I don’t regret any of it.

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