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One day that’ll be me

on March 10, 2015

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one day

we’ll look at our 

wrinkled skin 

our weathered lines

and wonder where 

the time has gone

One day 

we’ll remember 

the dreams of our past

and see the gift of our

present-

unwrapping 

and sharing

our memories-

one by 

one

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

We celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary this past weekend.  It was a beautiful day- much like the day we got married. As we got out of our car for our lunch date, I noticed an elderly couple making their way up to the restaurant door.  He leaned on his walker and pushed it forward inch by inch. She followed closely behind him- watching to make sure he didn’t stumble.  Any other day, I might have sped up my walk to get to the door ahead of them.  Not that day.

“One day, that will be us,” I smiled as I told my husband.

Then just yesterday, I was with a friend in a coffee shop, and an elderly man came up to us. He was dressed nicely and had a pleasant way about him.  He was looking for a flier, and then began to talk to us. He told us he had been married for 61 years.  61 years!!

I couldn’t believe it-  because he didn’t look old enough to have been married that long.

“But, you couldn’t be more than 70,”  I said to him in protest. “There’s no way you could have been married that long!”

“Oh yes, I am 90 years old!”  He smiled, proud of the years he has experienced in this world.

“You want to know the hardest thing about being 90?”  His eyes were glistening as he spoke, and I leaned in close as he talked.

He clenched his fist and brought it up to his ear- as if he was holding a phone receiver.

“There’s no one for me to call anymore.  They’re all gone.”

My friend and I listened as he shared his random memories…of the passing of his wife, of friends who have experienced loss and hardship, and all I could think about was how important it is to be connected, to be present, and to take time out of our busy lives to listen.

Life, our memories, and our relationships are precious gifts- and our days here are numbered.

One day, that will be me.

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19 responses to “One day that’ll be me

  1. Terri says:

    This was so good! Such a good reminder to take the time and slow down and enjoy the precious gifts we have been given.

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thanks, Terri 🙂 My conversation with the elderly gentleman really made me stop and appreciate the people and relationships in my life. It is easy to take them for granted!

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  2. Melissa says:

    This was absolutely beautiful, thank you

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Thank you, Melissa. I thought about the older couple from the restaurant all day…and then having that conversation with another elderly man the following day just really hit home for me. It is so easy to take our loved ones for granted and think they will always be there. Blessings to you 🙂

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  3. Shanda says:

    Beautiful post. Happy Anniversary!

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  4. You may the tears spring to my eyes. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it. I married a man 17 years older than I am. I’ve always assumed we won’t get to celebrate our 50th together, but if he is as spry as the gentleman you wrote about, I may actually get to see that dream realized! Right now we’re coming up on 26 years . . . Happy anniversary to you!

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    • Julie Harris says:

      Congrats on 26 years!! I pray that He blesses you both with many, many more years together! It was amazing to me that he was so youthful and full of life…in fact, he told us he was looking for a job! Can you believe that?!

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  5. lorriebowden says:

    Ah! Heartwrenching!! Happy anniversary Julie ❤ ❤

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  6. Will says:

    A wonderful story – happy anniversary!

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