Whether we want to or not, we get older. Everyone ages; no one has found an exemption, yet! (If someone had figured it out, we might all be beating a path to his door, but...) However, despite the fact that everyone ages, not everyone ages well. I hope to age well, and I have had a few good examples to follow. My father made it to ninety-two (he would have said "aging wwweeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllll" (he really elongated his pronunciation of the word when he was about to expound on a subject.)); my father-in-law is ninety-one and doing well in the aging department by farming and feeding the birds and squirrels. My two remaining aunts, Aunt Betty and Aunt Connie, are ninety and eighty-nine respectively. And I know of two writers of a certain age, both nonagenarians themselves, who may be slowing down, but are still writing.
The first is Wilma Daughtery who just turned ninety-nine two months ago. She is the author of fragments: Stories of Another Time, which is a collection of some of her short stories and memoirs of her life growing up in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She was one of seven siblings; all seven went to college in a time when few, if any, managed that feat. She is the last of those seven, and continues to write about her childhood as well as her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother. She finds and writes about the joys in life, and writes poignantly about some of the sorrows of life as well. It is her enjoyment of life and her reflection upon her life that keeps her writing and aging well.
Another writer, Bill Wright, will be turning ninety-seven in May. He has had an active life as a union organizer working for peace, justice, and fair wages for the working class. He has lived the life of a farmer and dairyman. He is also a poet, and many of his poems about his life with his wife Cris and his work can be found in his book of poetry: A Life in Poems by William C. Wright. Throughout his life, he has found the time to jot his thoughts about his life through poetry, and he, like Wilma, continues to write. He also continues to read his poetry aloud in various coffee shop venues.
These two people, as well as our parents, are great examples of aging well. It is their attitude that I wish to emulate because I want to be able to say, "Aging.....well, I have to grow old, but I don't have to grow up!"
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