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Friday, April 27, 2012

What I was Thinking: The Viewpoint of Age

I was driving through my neighborhood, thankfully paying close attention, because this seven-ish year old kid on a bike came out of NO WHERE. I slammed on my breaks and jerked the wheel left, the tires squealed, my heart rate accelerated, the kid dodged right and I gasped at the near miss. All in a series of a moment my whole body went into seized in panic. And the kid on the bike, he just kept peddling, he threw a little smile over his shoulder maybe in apology but that was it. Obviously he wasn’t as traumatized by the fact that he was ALMOST under my car as I was. As the adrenaline in my body started to dissipate I just shook my head. The young are never careful enough; I shook my head thinking kids should be more careful. It made me feel old.

I arrived at therapy and got into the elevator for my trip up to the fifth floor. I held the elevator doors for a woman in her late sixtys. She gave me a compliment on my new fabulous shoes and then she lamented that she cannot wear heels anymore.

“If I could wear them I would have to steal yours” she says.

And then she reached out, patted me on the arm, and told me to enjoy those shoes while I am young. You know what, it made me FEEL young.

So here I am, in the space of an hour chewing over the idea of being stuck between feeling old and feeling young; contemplating the viewpoint of age riding up an elevator.

2 comments:

paul peggy zeus said...

You are so right about kids living like they're invincible. It probably lasts until your mid 30's or so, then you start to get a little wiser, especially when you've witness the loss of friends your own age. As far as the granny lady goes, what a super nice compliment!

Jennifer Arens said...

Kids just focus on themselves for the most part :) Its the oldies that are awesome, although can be rude lol I love how everyone here is extremely nice to all kids!

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