Monday, November 19, 2007

GROWN UP OR GROWING OLD

You can 'chose'  not to grow up, but you have no choice in growing old.  It just happens, whether you like it or not.  I'm not ashamed of my age and quite honestly don't give it much thought unless someone makes that tacky old age comment "Wow, you look good for your age!"

What exactly does a 47 year old woman look like?  White haired?  Been there.  Missing teeth?  Done that!  Wrinkles?  Bingo!  Over weight?  Heck, I aced that one ahead of time!

I have come to the conclusion that the comment really isn't a compliment at all.  Its just what people say when they are trying to cover up what they are really thinking...

"Damn, so THAT'S what 47 looks like!"

(I love telling the Oompas that they will all look like either Dickidoo or me when they grow up, its soooo fun to watch their sassy little faces turn positively sick with worry.)

And, just in case a glance in my mirror each morning, or the steady rising temperature in the room when the birthday candles are lit on a cake that grows larger each year to accommodate the increasing number of candles, doesn't give me a clue that I just might be on the downward slide towards the half century mark... now even my junk mail and online spam has adjusted to reflect my maturity.

I no longer receive offers for penile enlargers or sexual enhancers.  Now I get offers for free samples of cialis and hot flash relief.  Victoria's Secret has been replaced by Lane Bryant and I think the Gerber Life Insurance company may have sold my address to that new company that offers Alzheimer's Insurance... I kid you not, I got a brochure today!

'You are as old as you feel.'  That's a goofy saying.  Right now I feel stiff and creaky, a little achy, a little worn out.  I guess this is what 47 feels like. 

But I'm a HAPPY stiff, creaky, achy, worn out 47 year old!  (I hear grand babies will do that to you.)

13 comments:

justplainbill said...

Jodi, right you are grandchildren will do that for you. I have been retired 12 years and at 77 i am living a good life. Health is not perfect by any means but I enjoy my days, children, grandchildren and golf when I can get out and play. Oh yes I also enjoy my coctkails and a beer every night. I only have a cocktail on Sunday and holidays or special occasions. I am to looking forward to Thanksgiving since I will have all of the things I enjoy that day. I will even get to golf since I live on a golf course and they do not charge on Thankskgiving. I always play at least two holes that day with my sons.
Have a nice holiday, I know I will. Bill

deshelestraci said...

I vow never to grow up!  And have always been accused of not looking my age.  great gene pool!  I love that you tell your kids this is how you will look!  Too funny!
Traci

swmpgrly said...

oh no , say it isnt so...lol

cyn4mc2856 said...

Omigosh, you mean I've been insulted for years, and didn't know it?!?!?  LOL

I figure it this way, all those "younger yo-yo's" who tell me I "look good for my age", cool let 'em say it.  What I'm thinking is "... and I'm smarter than you are, at least until you're my age."  [singsong voice: Na Na Na Na Na]

princesssaurora said...

Yes... according to my mom the grandkids are the reward for not killing your kids!  LOL  So, hang in there... I feel pretty damn creaky and worn out and I am only going to be 42 on Thursday... Shhhh....

be well,
Dawn

mpnaz58 said...

I heard that every time Oprah passes a mirror, she'll look at herself and say, "hello sweetie".  Try it.  You feel kinda silly, but its nice to feel good about yourself no matter your age, sweetie!
xoxo ~Myra

sdoscher458 said...

Well, my next birthday I'll be singing "Will you still love me when I'm 64?"...when I first sang along with the Beatles to that tune, I remember thinking OMG 64 is ancient...now I think boy the time went fast. As long as you have some quality of life it is wise to keep trucking on baby...cause I do not like the alternative.  love, Sandi

tendernoggle said...

I JUST WISH THEY WOULD  HURRY  UP AND FIND THAT FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH BEFORE I GETT OO OLD TO WALK TO IT! LOL
LOVE YA,
CARLENE

chat2missie said...

I hear you on the age stuff!  LOL
Missie

mumma4evr said...

I hope 47 is not old...because I am right behind you....I thik it is all in the attitude and you my friend are very young!!
Becky

rdautumnsage said...

I don't look at my age anymore. Instead I think on how far I've come and all the accomplishments I have in my life. When I look in the mirror, I don't see age, I see wisdom and the path I've taken written there on my face. (Hugs) Indigo

ceilisundancer said...

Well, happy belated birthday, from one who is 46 this month, and hey, I figured it beats the alternative:)

hestiahomeschool said...

I will have to remember that when sassy Tabby makes fun of my butt.