Parties are fun, amen? Last night’s was no exception. It had all the right elements for a good time. Lots of people. Lots of conversation. Lots of craziness (who doesn’t need a little crazy on a Thursday night?). Our host, Kate Motaung, made a flash appearance then disappeared for a bit – she had Five Minute Friday mechanics to tend to. When she came back in the room she was flashing all this kute Krafty Kash jewelry for Mother’s Day. Marie and Marisa, my political friends, nominated me for president – yes, of the USA!!! Christy was sharing her awesome conference stuff. Janel was eavesdropping on Kate’s phone – yes, it was a fun night. Always a good time at the FMF Twitter Party. These peeps are just plain EASY to be with…yep, you guessed it…
It’s as easy as pie.
It’s not easy but worth it.
EZ – peezy
It’s not as easy as it looks.
Easy is a well-used word, isn’t it. And, last night as I fell asleep thinking about the word I wasn’t really sure where it would take me this morning. One thing I will never ever forget my mom saying is, “Growing old is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” My mom was vibrant until about three years before her sudden death in 2012. She drove. She walked. She shopped. She volunteered. But, out of what seemed nowhere, she was on a walker with lots of mobility issues. She didn’t like it either – but she handled it with grace. Selling her car. Not renewing her drivers license. Depending on others for her shopping trips and rides to church.
It wasn’t easy.
I will be 66-years old this year and I will say this, there are certain things that aren’t easy anymore. Trust me, I am in no way, shape, or form close to being geriatric, yet, there are a few things that have become a little difficult to do.
I want this season of my life to look easy though because I want to live it with great grace. I want to savor every single day, every single year the Lord gives me. I want to meditate on my good, good Father who happens to be very easy to love and serve.
I don’t think the next 20 years will be …
as easy as pie…
I do think…
they won’t be easy but worth it…
And, I want you youngsters to remember…
it’s not as easy as I’ll make it look!!!
What’s your take on EASY? Got five minutes? Share in the comments or send me an email!
Getting “old” isn’t easy – for sure 🙂 I need to do this #FMF
Not for the faint of heart!!!
I love that!
Yes, I would say my biggest frustration with growing old is my eyes and not reading the fine print like I used to! Frustrating… but I’m dealing! I’m thinking I’ll have a lot more dealing down the road so I’m just getting used to it!
Thanks for the encouragement!
Happy Friday to you!
Mine is a knee and a hip~!!!!
Emily Conrad says
A nice reminder to savor every year and to live it to the fullest. Gratitude like that is the formula for aging gracefully, isn’t it? I hope to live out my years like that, too. Thanks for this post!
My grandma’s name was Emily – love that name!!!
Anita Ojeda says
You make me smile, Susan! My mom and dad still work full time during the school year (my dad has ‘retired’ four or five times already) and they’re 74 and 75. I have big shoes to fill as I grow older! In their retirement years, the focus of their lives has been helping–helping their kids (they lived with us and took care of our jobs and children when Pedro had cancer), their grandkids and any other kids that need help. It’s not always easy for them, but, man, do they ever work hard!
YES – I love this. Thank you – I needed to read about your parents! I love them without knowing them.
You are right growing older is not easy. And neither is making a pie, eating one yes making one no. Maybe that is why I make cakes! Anyway…growing older is not easy, Especially when periodically comparing the ‘what I use to be able to do, what I use to look like, etc.’ I just want to be the best I can be and do the best I can do at the age I am and going to become. And that ‘ain’t’ easy; but it is doable!
Yes ma’am it is and I think we’re both doing a pretty awesome job of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Your posts always make me smile. My grandpa and grandma are in their 80s and still so very full of LIFE despite their challenges/health issues. I know it’s not easy but you all do make aging look graceful. And I love that!
I’m glad to make you smile, Tara…I hope laugh too because it is such good medicine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jeanne Takenaka says
Great post, Susan. I’m nearing 50, and I’ve begun noticing the changes in my body’s responsiveness and the way it acts. I’m with you, if I make growing older look easy, I hope it’s because of the grace I give and receive and not because of putting on a facade. 🙂
Have a great weekend!
Grace you give and the grace you’ll receive! Thanks for coming over!
Martha Brady says
i should have written my post on aging…for sure…since it is a common topic on my blog. i totally agree with you susan. for those who are happy and cheerful, aging is rarely as easy as it looks.
for the grouchy and chronic complainers, it is not as miserable as it looks…it just feels more so b/c of all the complaints!:(
as a nurse, i have watched the results of the aging process of many patients. some come into the hospital with a very upbeat attitude no matter what physical challenges they have! others complain about every hangnail…and tend to manipulate their families over years of misery.
reality is somewhere between these 2 but i realized long ago that i wanted to be more like the former group. for the most part, their families and friends are happy to help them and know they won’t be called in for lots of false alarms.
great post susan:)
Thank you, Martha, your comments are welcome and encouraging. We need to stick together! 😉
“Easy, but worth it.”
Yes. The hard things are the things that matter. The things we feel satisfied with in the end.
Absolute truth, Marie!
Hannah Leach says
I think you are doing great Mimz 🙂
Thank you, Hannah….xoxo
What a fun post! And yes… my Mom (whom I wrote about for my own FMF post) always says, “Gettin’ old ain’t for sissys!” LOL! But you and ‘old’ don’t belong in the same sentence, my friend! I believe when we are young in heart and rich in mercy… it makes the hard parts at least a little easier!
I loved your tribute to Karen. You just can’t do better than honor your mama. xo
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
I’m older than I look…and older than my birth certificate would suggest…but I find that I am blessed. I’ll never grow old.
This bit of verse comes to mind.
They will not grow old, as we who are left grow old.
Age will not weary them,. nor the years condemn.
And at the going down of sun, and in the morning,
we will remember them.
Gayl Wright says
I love this, Susan. You and I are in the same season of life, and I want to live it with grace, too. Am always encouraged by your words! Blessings to you!
Be still my heart, thank you for that encouragement, Gayl!
mary ellen says
I have a doctor friend that often said to us “young” nurses, “Getting old is not for whimps!” I’m beginning to agree with him more and more!!!