Posts Tagged ‘old age

15
Jun
19

optimism of the elder…

“For age is opportunity no less
Than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
13
Aug
16

old age…

“The truth is I’m getting old, I said. We already are old, she said with a sigh. What happens is that you don’t feel it on the inside, but from the outside everybody can see it.” Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

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01
Sep
14

For Us (I will carry it on)

Heart wrenching. Have you been here in elder (loved one’s) care? I have. Read this beautifully written piece.

A Swift Current

A Swift Current For US (I will carry it on) Edouard Vuillard– 1891-1892– Private Collection

An hour often passed without their speaking. The shared quiet fell over them, binding them more tightly than any conversation could.

~  Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland

Twenty-four hours ago,

my mother did not know me.

Now we sit

side by side;

holding hands.

Our words

drift into the air;

a deep breath;

a slight smile.

Tengo hambre, she says,

surprising me

with the lost language of her childhood.

Our silence surprises me too;

luscious relief

after years of dementia’s

nonsensical tales;

bitter accusations;

angry recriminations.

Our silence;

a tender reminder of

long ago afternoons

home from school;

the two of us sitting

at the formica table;

Chips Ahoy and milk.

Day after day,

we sat in silence as

I tried to figure out

what the nuns expected;

what the other kids wanted;

why was I so scared.

She knew

not to say a word

until…

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16
Aug
14

Alone

‘I’m right here. Can you see me? I once was something stronger, part of something bigger. Now, I sit alone. Surrounded by others, all believing we are alone. Thanks for looking, for wondering what was.’ SwittersB

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02
Aug
14

Blaze of Glory…..

“It is a hard although a common case To find our children running restive- they In whom our brightest days we would retrace, Our little selves reform’d in finer clay, Just as old age is creeping on apace, And clouds come o’er the sunset of our day…” Lord Byron

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26
Jul
14

Age & Heart

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“Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.” Ben Franklin

“Age shows what children we do remain.”  Goethe

“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” Ben again

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13
Jan
14

Life: Measure Twice, Cut Once….A Righteous Man

The measured, disciplined life of a good man, a righteous man. He escaped for decades to the shop. He puttered, he built keepsakes for grandchildren, he planned projects and he hoarded lumber…when lumber was made right. Now, he grows tired, distracted in memory and light headed. His sanctuary sets just out of reach; his safety a growing concern. A hobby, a way of life, slipped just out of reach within a matter of months. Difficult to watch. He doesn’t let go of his plans, his projects in his mind. He shouldn’t…….

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