‘ Week­end war­riors’ feel the pain on Mon­day

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LAlan Miller

ike many "week­end war­riors," I am re­minded ev­ery Mon­day morn­ing of how old I have be­come.

We work fu­ri­ously dur­ing our days off to check off chores from a never-end­ing list. All of that phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity feels pretty good in the mo­ment, but come Mon­day morn­ing, the devil takes his due in the form of aches and pains that weren't as ap­par­ent 20 years ago — even five years ago.

It's es­pe­cially no­tice­able this time of year, as all of the win­ter­iz­ing chores of fall come at the same time as an­other birth­day. To­gether, they take a phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal toll — es­pe­cially when my adult chil­dren, or worse, my par­ents, say things such as, "You know, you re­ally shouldn't be up on that lad­der at your age."

Now a year shy of six decades on this planet,

I go at each week­end's to-do list with nearly the same en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy as when I was half this age. And then comes the Mon­day-morn­ing re­minder that I'm no longer that per­son, and I should prob­a­bly listen to what my kids and par­ents are say­ing.

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