I think we made it past another winter. I had a birthday, and usually that means we are out of danger of anymore snow! I was born on Mother’s Day, but this was not a year where I got to celebrate both on the same day. I’m glad, because it still doesn’t seem correct to celebrate both without my Mom. Yes, I am the family matriarch. That doesn’t get me anything. It just means I am getting old.
When does getting old happen? I never really thought of my parents as old when they were 66 years old, my age now. They were still active and enjoying life, as am I, but….
There are some really good things about being older, like retirement. We tried to enjoy the journey to retirement. We were not among those Americans who refuse to take vacations. We have crisscrossed the country, just for fun. We have also traveled to several foreign countries. Hubby traveled to more countries due to business.
I would like to travel the country again. Or course, am excited about my home-coming together. It looks like a building that could become a home again. We still need a kitchen, and bathroom. We have selected everything, and we are eager for installation. Then, we need our stuff back.
There is no doubt things are changing. There is a little arthritis, bursitis, things that are giving out. Other conditions, that need to be managed, watched. We now have a stable of -ists: Orthopedist, Podiatrist, Cardiologist…. The list is growing.
I am not looking forward to this season of change like I have to other seasons: starting kindergarten, starting High School, High School Graduation, College Graduation, getting Married, having children, watching them grow and follow along my same path. Now there are grandchildren following the same path.
The path ahead for us has fewer firsts. That is what you get for being the matriarch or patriarch of your family. What is left is to get the most enjoyment you can out of the final season.