Ancient, or just old age?

The bones creak and the joints are stiff, making it an effort to get up some mornings.
The mirror reflects a wizened crone, and it takes a while to recognise her.
No more the long shining mane of golden hair, the bright sparkling eyes, perfect teeth and flawless skin.
Her crowning glory is sparse, grey and tufty, her eyes dim and cloudy shielded by spectacles, the skin sagging, grey, and weathered, and the teeth sit in a glass on her bedside table grinning at her.
Age catches up with all of us.
To the young, someone in their thirties is old, someone in their sixties retired grandparents, and someone in their seventies or older, ancient.
Young views do not help those for whom old age is already present.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Ancient, or just old age?

  1. Nice piece – I agree the views of the young are blinkered. Its only when one becomes older that they really know the meaning of being old and ancient.

  2. Sadje says:

    Isn’t it the truth! To young people, even 60 is old.

  3. murisopsis says:

    Young people have a different perspective believing generally that they are impervious to age and death…

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