Thursday, April 26, 2012

Age {Bigger Picture Moments / 5 for 5}

This week, we’re joining the party at Momalom, where they are hosting a 5 for 5 party. Five topics, for five days. The prompt for today is AGE. So please feel free to set your ruminations this week on “age,” link up your Bigger Picture Moment at Jade's Tasting Grace, and then link up at 5 for 5!

How many days until my birthday now mama?

Is it my birthday now mama?

She reveled in her birthday, in the becoming of a new age. It was the best day ever because it was all hers.

Do you remember that?

Unbridled joy and excitement for the turning of a year older? When the march forward was exciting and new instead of tiring?

I want to live my life intentionally, like my children do naturally. Taking delight in everything around me. But the years of pain, neglect, and busy make that a monumental task. It means ignoring the natural inclinations of a body and mind that just want to go through the motions and get it done.

I may not have been jumping for joy at the number on my cake but I should have. Every birthday I have is another  year that I get be here and watch these amazing little people grow and delight in their surroundings.

My grandpa used to joke that he read the obits everyday “so he could make sure he wasn’t in them”, always said with a deep belly laugh and a grin. He was often meet with the rolling of eyes and a soft snort, silly old man.

I’m the silly one though, not him, not my daughter.

As I fret the passing of another year, the sagging skin, the wrinkles and the grays they were enjoying every minute of their life. Grandpa wasn’t worried about the few wisps of hair left on his head, he just wanted a hot cup of coffee and a nap in a recliner. My daughter doesn’t fret that her pants are too tight, she just jumps with joy at the thought of a new skirt.

The saying is "age is just a number it’s how you feel that matters". I’m hoping to be able to live that fully before I’m a grandma myself.


Enjoying age, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

Harness the moment. Write it down, share a picture, a poem or prose. However YOU need to process and remember the moment. All moments big and small.

Link up yours at Tasting Grace and Momalom this week.

Try to visit the other participants and encourage each other in this journey we call life.


Alita said...

HA! My great granny was the same. She is 99 now, but 9 years ago she was still driving around in her pickup truck to the mighty Mississippi to cast her line for fish to fry. I want to be the very same, even though many of her life decisions I wouldn't repeat, but her age was definitely JUST a number. And that unbridled excitement for the passing of years... awesome. I'm so happy for your daughter. 5 is a wonderful year!


Adrienne said...

I love getting older...and I'm sure part of it is because younger wasn't full of jumping up and down (that would have been SO frowned upon at my'll get a glimpse of what I mean if you read my post!) I'm sooo much freer, and more at peace now than ever...and (other than the gray hairs and creaky knees) full expect the upward tide to continue! I feel very happy for your 5 yo that she has a safe place to jump up and down and cheer for herself in!!

Stephanie said...

Oh there is a deep truth in this - to not let AGE define us, but to live every day fully. I read Psalm 92:14 this morning - "They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green." This is how I want to age - that though my body grows older, my mind and soul are still young, always growing, always learning, always loving, always living.

Kelly Miller said...

Yes! The days are a present, a gift. How lucky are we that we get to open them up and share them with such amazing people?

Hyacynth said...

Me, too, lady. That we could both age gracefully, slide peacefully and thankfully from day to day year to year.

Ginny Marie said...

Kids just do so many thing well, and growing older is one of them! I remember when I couldn't wait to be another year older...I suppose I should still feel that way. But it's definitely harder, isn't it?

Jen said...

How do we get to the point where we are truly happy to be just where we are? I want that.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

I love this! Such a deep truth. I hope it for you too.