Reflection: On Aging’s Bad Breaks
My first two thoughts: we get plenty of ‘em, and aging is not for the timid.
My beloved wife fell this past Monday and fractured her ankle. A stumble and a fall in the blink of an eye. A good thing we were home, and she fell on the carpeted floor.
It is a bad break to fall in the fragility of our aging, and breaking a bone is just plain bad anytime. After writing my poem for Cathey, ‘I got you,’ suddenly I did not as I was too far away to catch her.
With the strength of our love, our deep trust in one another, and critically, a resilient sense of humor, we meet these challenges and those to come.
I love what Anne Lamont recently said on her Facebook page about turning 68. After opining what is left for those of us aging who have witnessed the foolishness, evil, tragedies, and suffering of the world, she says: “So what does that leave? Glad you asked: the answer is simple. A few very best friends with whom you can share your truth. That’s the main thing”, and “we look up. In 68 years, I have never seen a boring sky. I have never felt blasé about the moon, or birdsong, or paperwhites.”
Ah yes, in our aging, we cling to a few dear friends, sharing our truth and belonging, and looking up and around at the beauty surrounding us. Please send prayers and healing energy for Cathey and a good recovery for her.
We send each of you our love, gratitude, and appreciation!