forever young

Recently, I was reminded that “youth” is all about perspective…

With teenage daughters, it’s easy for me to feel old and out of touch with the youth culture.  I often have to ask them what slang words and current sayings mean.

But as I walked through the grocery store the other day, I caught the twinkling blue eyes of a gray haired lady, leaning heavily on her shopping cart- squinting to make out my face.

“Are you Amy?” she called out to me.  She looked at me like she was trying to remember who I was.  I didn’t recall ever seeing her before.

“No, I’m sorry.  My name’s Julie.”

She said she thought she knew me from somewhere. Then, she began to tell me how she missed being able to do all the simple things I take for granted- like grocery shopping without getting out of breath,  standing up straight and walking without leaning on a cart, being able to see without straining…

She smiled as she began to move her cart past me and said this-

“You better enjoy your youth while you have it!”

A brief, but meaningful conversation- and a great reminder for me to appreciate all the little things I am able to effortlessly do at my youthful age of 42 🙂

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A gray head is a crown of glory.  

It is found in the way of righteousness- Proverbs 16:21

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when our love was young

on a bench

I linger to remember-

that feeling of old December

when you asked me

for my hand

I didn’t have to consider

if I wanted you forever

I said yes to love-

you were my man

and knew that I would never

have any regrets ever

even in stormy weather

I’d be your fan

I couldn’t wait to be your wife

we talked for hours, we planned our life

and you and I held hands

as we watched the setting sun

when our love

was young

 We recently visited my in-law’s house, the place my hubby called home for many years before we got married.  I was at that house every single day from the time we started dating until the day we got married.  I remember sitting on that bench by the lake nearly 20 years ago near their home and wishing time would just hurry up already! I wanted to be married and have kids and have a house of my own. I remember the desperation I felt at that time.  Life just couldn’t go fast enough for me.

Oh how I wish I could go back and chat with my 18 year old self!

I found myself sitting on that same bench this past week, remembering how much I took for granted back then…how I wished my life away.  Wouldn’t it be great if there were a pause button for “life”?   I wanted more than anything to sit on that bench and remember how it felt to be young again!

It’s hard for me to believe- this Christmas Eve it will be 20 years since my husband asked me to marry him.  I remember it like it was yesterday.

And if he asked me again today-

I’d still say “yes” 🙂

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
Walk in the ways of your heart…

Ecclesiastes 11:8