Fighting Old Age…

As Brian and I get nearer and nearer to the big Five-Oh, we have begun to evaluate just what it means to become “old”. I mean, I remember back in the second grade when Mrs. Clawson challenged us to figure out how old we would be in the year 2000. I did the math quickly in my head and was shocked. I just couldn’t conceive of myself being “so old”! Now, however, as that age has come and gone, it doesn’t seem that old, after all…

So just what does it mean to become “old”?

We have decided it’s not really a matter of how long your body has existed, but is actually more of a state of mind. When you decide to quit learning, growing, and experiencing, you have become “old”, and may be on your way to “elderly”. We are determined to not become “old”, ever. If we live to be 150, we won’t be “old”, just experienced. And hopefully wise… In light of this decision, I thought I’d share some things I have learned recently. Actual things I have learned through experience. Really!

  • Havingย theย computer that regulates yourย oven temperature die is a bad thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Finding out said computer is no longerย available is a bad thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ
  • Finding out that your home buyers warranty covers your oven and you will get a brand new oven is a good thing.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Receiving a free “small” raspberry ice tea at the movie theater is a good thing. (“Small” turns out to mean 32 oz., also known as one full quart.) ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Receiving a free “small” raspberry ice tea at the movie theater as you’re going in to see a 2 hour movie is a bad thing…ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Drinking most of a 32 oz. caffeine- and sugar-loaded raspberry ice tea with nothing else in your system toย slow the metabolizing of said caffeine and sugar is a bad thing…ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฏ
  • Living in a house surrounded by 50+ foot tall trees is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Beautiful crimson and golden fall leaves covering several 50+ foot tall trees in your yard is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Beautiful crimson and golden fall leaves from several 50+ foot tall trees in your rain gutters is a bad thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Spending half an hour raking leaves is a fun thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Realizing that half an hour only makes a small dent in the amount of leaves you have to rake is a sad thing… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Getting to Home Depot in time to buy the very last electric leaf blower they have in stock is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Using a leaf blower instead of a rake is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Getting to paint the living room walls and ceiling is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Spattering your glasses while painting the ceiling is, well, not such a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜•
  • Finding just the right light fixture after searching every store in the area is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Finding out that the right light fixture is a discontinued model is a bad thing. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • Realizing that the right light fixture being discontinued means you get to explore new stores in the tri-state area is a good thing. ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Discovering the wonders of Wawa hot chocolate is a good thing. Wawa hot chocolate is a very good thing, by the way… ๐Ÿ™‚ (Wawa is like a Quick Trip or QT, for all you mid-westers.)
  • Being a middle-aged adult and having to use the word “Wawa” in a sentence is an embarrassing thing… ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • The love of God is a very, very good thing. ๐Ÿ˜€

So, there it is: my list of new things I’ve learned lately… Guess I’m not old yet…

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4 responses to “Fighting Old Age…

  1. Adding to the list:

    You’re very very cute in paint-spattered glasses. ๐Ÿ˜€

    A leaf-blower is a very worthwhile investment if it means your wife is going to deal with the leaves al by herself – that’s a very good thing indeed. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Emoticons can be overused ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  2. Brian: A husband with a sarcastic sense of humor can be a very lonely thing… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. I wondered, and found this interesting wordpress resource:
    http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/06/04/what-smilies-can-i-use/

    Have a party ๐Ÿ˜†

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