Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Aging Gracefully?

Is it possible to accept age gracefully without resisting it's downward pull both gravitational and emotional?
Maybe looking at the POSITIVES will help this unwelcome transition.

No more pregnancies or teenage rebels to deal with, just an EMPTY NEST at last. Remember all the longings while young for FREEDOM from child rearing and 24/7 care? "Oh I can't wait until they are grown up."

Now when you see them as ADULTS
struggling with their lives, it's payback time. Remember the parenting mistakes you made, you can now laugh as they repeat them. You are only the visiting GRANDparent.

Hurrah! No need to discipline the grandkids, that's their parents job. You can just have FUN. Read them books, share your childhood stories, go for walks, and enjoy the reward of past labors completed and a NEW SEASON of your life.

(Photos-Jeff as baby, his older brothers l-r Frank, Dan and Brook)

11 comments:

kavita said...

I am jealous of you right now...for me still a looooong way to go.Jokes aside ,this post gives me hope.

Terri Tiffany said...

I lvoe the picture of the boys:) ANd this is timely for me as tommorrow I am flying to Seattle to visit my grandchil!! I hope to enjoy enjoy and pass him back when he is whiney!

Cheryl said...

Oh my...this certainly was very timely for me!

Brenda Leyland said...

I like your style, Lin!! Yes, let's age with style and grace.

That why I don't care for the old age jokes about senility and creaking joints and decrepit bodies...... we start thinking 'old', then we start feeling 'old' and then we act 'old'.

I've seen some beautiful people who were old in years, but their spunk and joie de vivre (sp?) made them seem youthful and they were such a pleasure to be around.

Linda Reeder said...

Well, there's no question that there are rewards that come with aging, along with the drawbacks.I love the stage of life I'm in, with it's freedom. But I loved being an active Mother too.

SandyCarlson said...

Fun, fun, fun is right. I love that my parents spoil the kids the way they never spoiled us. It's a cool thing. Now I get the situation. Thanks for this post, Lin.

Janie B said...

Isn't it the truth? I really love being a grandmother. I spoil and let go. I visit and go home. I get to give kisses without the discipline job. Ha! Love it!

sujata said...

first time on your page and loving its crispness. I know exactly what you mean, i see a completely different behaviour pattern in my mom towards my kids than how it vwas towards me, guess its called the grandparent thing!

Kay said...

I love being able to just enjoy my granddaughter without worrying about discipline.

Aging has its upside but it sure does have its challenges, too.

Mare said...

I look forward to grandchildren someday! So many different stages of life we go through.

Rambling Woods said...

I am pretty happy where I am right now..but grandchildren would be really wonderful... Michelle