Ev­ery­thing old is get­ting older still

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A friend of mine has a say­ing, “I’m go­ing to get as old as I pos­si­bly can get.” From what I can tell, he has. I must agree with his sen­ti­ment. Of course, the al­ter­na­tive is … well you know. An­other friend of mine likes to tell me, “Brother, you’re only as old as you feel.” I am not sure how old feels or if wrin­kles are in­volved. But, I am feel­ing quite fine, thank you.

Just the other day the Gra­cious Mistress of the Par­son­age came in from her work­shop, sat down on the couch and said, “Whew, I feel like a hun­dred.”

At the time, I did not know if she was talk­ing about dol­lars, pounds or years. Be­ing the old fo­gey that I am, I know there are times when si­lence is golden and this was one of those golden mo­ments. But, what does a hun­dred feel like? Is there some spe­cial sen­sa­tion that pul­sates through the body when a per­son reaches that age level? Or, is it the ab­sence of any­thing pul­sat­ing through your body?

Just this morn­ing I got up with a sore knee and could hardly walk to the bath­room. I com­plained about it to my wife, who has no com­punc­tion about ex­press­ing her opin­ions, said, “Well, you are older than when you went to bed last night.”

I did not know I was ag­ing so rapidly. If this keeps up, I will change from an old fo­gey into an old geezer be­fore I know it. The dif­fer­ence be­tween an old fo­gey and an old geezer is, an old fo­gey walks around in a fog while the old geezer can­not get up from his chair and wheezes a lot.

I was mus­ing on the idea that get­ting old was a lot of trou­ble with a lot of pain in­volved. Then I re­mem­bered what a lot of trou­ble and pain it was to be young. As a young­ster, I thought many times, “Oh, I can’t wait to get old.” I thought get­ting older was the panacea for all of my prob­lems.

I re­mem­ber think­ing that when I got older no­body would boss me around. I would do what­ever I wanted to do when­ever I wanted to do it. I could not wait for that time to come. I dreamed of that mys­ti­cal land. No par­ents to boss me around; no teach­ers to tell me what to do and when to do it; no sib­lings in­ter­fer­ing with my plans for the day. What a life I would lead when I got older. I lived each day hop­ing to get older which, in my think­ing, was the door into that area.

Just as I was en­ter­ing that mys­te­ri­ous realm of be­ing my own boss, I got mar­ried. Not only that, but sev­eral years into that mar­i­tal bliss came the pit­ter­pat­ter of lit­tle feet in the hall­way. I did not fig­ure that get­ting older would in­volve so many peo­ple in my life. Just go­ing to the bath­room, for ex­am­ple, was a three-day wait. And, guess who is at the bot­tom of the list?

I guess you know you have got­ten old when you give up the idyl­lic idea of be­ing your own boss, do­ing what­ever you want to do, when­ever you want to do it.

Now that I think of it, it was a lot more painful and a lot more trou­ble­some to be young than it is to be old. In fact, there are some mar­velous ad­van­tages of get­ting older.

For ex­am­ple, when my wife sends me to the gro­cery store to get a few things I usu­ally for­get some­thing. Now, that I am get­ting older, I can tell her that I do not re­mem­ber things as I used to, af­ter all, I’m get­ting older.

Also, when some­one in­vites me to go out and play what they call se­nior soft­ball, I can al­ways say, “I would love to, but my knees are act­ing up now that I’m get­ting older.”

This process of get­ting older has dras­ti­cally im­proved my so­cial life. Ev­ery joke I hear is as if I am hear­ing it for the very first time. It is amaz­ing.

My wife and I were at a so­cial func­tion not too long ago, and I was hav­ing a mar­velous time. When we got home, my wife said to me, “You put on a good act tonight.”

“What you mean I put on a good act?”

“You laughed at ev­ery joke tonight as if it was the first time you ever heard it.”

I did not have the heart to tell her that it was the first time I heard those jokes. That is what is so mar­velous about get­ting old. You do not have to bur­den your brain, and all the lit­tle gray cells in it, with re­mem­ber­ing things. My brain is now free to en­joy the mo­ment. It is won­der­ful get­ting older.

When I was younger, it would em­bar­rass me if I for­got some­thing. Of course, I blame that on my par­ents and teach­ers who tried to pound into my lit­tle head that I needed to re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing. Now that I am older, I do not have that bur­den.

It is good to re­mem­ber some things. I re­mem­bered one of my fa­vorite Bi­ble pas­sages. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own un­der­stand­ing. In all thy ways ac­knowl­edge him, and he shall di­rect thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV).

I will never get too old to trust the Lord with all my heart.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­ship.com.

MARYDEL — A Penny Party will be held at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Church at 518 Main Street in Marydel on Satur­day, Feb. 11.

There will be a baked goods and auc­tion ta­ble. Hot dogs, meat­ball sand­wiches, and pizza will be avail­able for sale.

Doors open at 5 p.m.; party be­gins at 6 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $1, and penny, nickel, dime, quar­ter and dol­lar ta­bles will be avail­able to bid.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-482-7687.

CENTREVILLE — Be­gin­ning Sun­day, Feb. 12, at 6 p.m. the Centreville Com­mu­nity Church of God, 101 Gray Fox Lane in Centreville, will of­fer a six-week class via DVD study on the “In­tro­duc­tion To The Holy Spirit” taught by John Be­vere.

The DVD lessons are 30 min­utes each, fol­lowed by ques­tions, dis­cus­sion and prayer. Class will be held in the Fel­low­ship Hall. Ca­sual type meet­ing re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided.

For in­for­ma­tion about John Be­vere, visit www.Mes­sen­ger­in­ter­na­tional.org. For in­for­ma­tion on the class, con­tact Pas­tor Dwayne Dixon at 443-239-9218.

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