Monday, November 12, 2012

when did this happen

yesterday something hit me---something that i thought my life paralleled at this time---

getting stuck in the drive-thru----you know that moment when you realize the line just isn't gonna move fast enough for you--but there are cars in front of you and oh yeah, you just missed your chance to back up--some duffuss has just joined the parade--

a paralyzing thought hit me the other day---the fact --if i live another 22 years, i will be 80-----no wait, i have to tell you i re-added those numbers several times before, i accepted that possibility---

and it didn't work the other way----22 years back didn't sound all that young---sorry all you 36 ers out there--i mean it is young, but not young in comparison to the oldness sounding of 80--

now i mean no disrespect to all of my elders-----as a matter of fact, i am having more and more respect for them each day-----my dad is 87-----and although he gets along pretty well----it ain't always pretty for him--

okay i realize, i am not assured i will make it to 80 or even 60----wow---that sounds foriegn too---when did this happen----where is that cute girl---that i didn't appreciate back then---in the good old days----and you know i most definitely recall they weren't all the good old days--

so what do i do---stuck in the middle of that darn drive- thru line of life----i could decide to get out of my car and just leave it there in line---blocking the guy behind me and annoying the heck out of the ones behind him---

or i could lay on my horn until all the people preventing me to leave this awful position in the drive-thru----had no choice but to back it up and let me out--

i certainly wouldn't want to ramp it up and mow down the car in front--

so i wait for my happy meal, like a good girl---mmmhhhh, old lady-------and try to remember what i wanted to order when i get my turn-----

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  1. LOL, Lynn, but I truly do understand what you are saying here. Where did the years go? I stop and think about this too; I'll be 55 this year and as fast as the years go, I'll be 60 before I know it. (if I make it to then). We need to appreciate time when we are younger, but we seem to always be in a hurry for it to pass for this or that.

    I've taken to writing a list when I go to the grocery store; don't trust that memory of mine these days :)

    may the day be a kind one!

    betty

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    1. haha the list oh yeah---i love to write them anyway---thanks betty, may you have a sweet day also :)

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  2. sounds so grim! im not looking forward to ths bday coming up...but i cant stop it, cant stop the body's aging process either to my mind refuses to age well!

    we just stay young at hert and keep getting those happy meals =)

    and when 80 comes, we will all be hooked up to computers that will write our thoughts for us =)

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    1. haha---i hope i get a new computer--thanks tara:)

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  3. I hear you, Lynn.
    I often think the plot of the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a good idea... it'd be so much better if that's how things went. :D

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    1. i will have to watch that one---thanks jackie!:)

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  4. You cracked me up today because today is my birthday. I do feel stuck in the drive thru sometimes, just going along with the flow.

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    1. haha--well happy birthday to you dear susan!!<3

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  5. If you don't pay attention, those years will fly by. Then you'll ask - how did I get here from there?

    I like Susan's comment about the 'drive-thru' that life feels like sometimes. If you notice it, then do something a little different to surprise yourself. I intend to be a spry old lady in running shoes, because I'm going to walk, and stay healthy. My mantra.

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    1. they have already flown by---but i don't think i would want to go back and live them all again--maybe some days----haha i gotta get those shoes, d.g. :)

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  6. I like the idea of just leaving your car there. It's a great metaphor for walking away from the things in life that irritate us.

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    1. i kinda like that idea too--thanks susan :)

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  7. Lynn, you are a one-and-only kind of woman! I am glad you didn't lay on your horn but find it incredibly amusing that you deliberated it.

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    1. well i have done that before but didn't have to lay on it too long thanks suze :)

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  8. What a horrible spot for a life moment. thought come to think of it, that's pretty much what life is. Waiting and being places you can't get out of and learning to enjoy it anyway. Maybe it was the perfect place.

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    1. hmmmm maybe you could be right s.p.--thanks :)

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  9. You have a bad case of overthinking going on. I recommend a chocolate shake with lunch and get on with it.

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    1. hahaha you are too cute---but is it okay if i get an eggnog one--they won't be here long--thanks joanne ;)

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  10. Great posting and I'm definitely with you on this one!

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  11. Best I can recall, 36 was great... however, at the age I am now, I could be mistaken. I've forgotten more than I'll ever be able to remember.

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    1. you may be right ms. a--i really don't remember it too well either :)

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  12. I loathe being stuck in a drive thu or any queue that seems to be going nowhere fast it just seems a waste of time to me.

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  13. Isn't it scary how that happens? I hate looking in the mirror and seeing signs of aging!

    But I'd say you're still cute!

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    1. i know, think how i feel, i have to look in the mirror with my magnifying glasses just to be able to see my face---yikes!!! but thanks for saying i am still cute sherry :)

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  14. Is it wrong that I am thrilled that I have 42 years until I get there?

    I still think of myself as a kid. Someone called me an adult the other day and it freaked me out. :)

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  15. no it's very normal----enjoy each year, it becomes 22 years before you know it juli!:)

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  16. I'm 43 and enjoying every minute of it because after 35 time flies! At least it did for me. :)

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    1. i hear ya---it seems just yesterday i was 43 too marie:)

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  17. I feel the same way. I have no idea where all the time has gone, and now that I'm forty, it just seems to be going faster and faster...

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    1. at least you are still a lot younger than me---who ever thought of this thing about counting time anyway--thanks dana:)

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  18. Great post. Interesting how our minds work and the connections we make while waiting.

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    1. haha it was really the other way around---i was thinking of the age thing and equated it to a hypothetical wait in a drive-thru--thanks :)

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  19. Funny post. It's sad when we realize we are our parents. I agree, counting time sucks!

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    1. haha i know--i find myself acting just like my mom! thanks jenn ;)

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  20. Ah, yes. the middle years, when you can turn around and see a long line of years and experiences behind you! Looking back during this time does have a powerful "wake up" effect.

    I'm always amazed that our ancestors accomplished anything in the shorter life spans they enjoyed. I believe Shakespeare was 52 when he died, and Dante managed to have a political career and pen literary masterpieces before he died at approximately 56 years of age.

    Must have something to do with waiting so long at the drive-thru, TV and the Internet because I'm way behind both of these guys.

    I enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. way to put all this age stuff into perspective lee :)

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  21. Getting older is not for the faint of heart! I'm close to that number range too. Laura

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    1. oh it is surely not haha--thanks laura ;)

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  22. I do the age number math all the time too, and tend to freak myself out quite a bit!

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    1. haha i know---that's why i had to do the math a couple of times, theresa ;)

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  23. I could relate to your post totally! Getting older is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me! Good thing my friends are along for the ride! :)

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    1. that's true---i have plenty of friends right there with me too--that does help huh :)

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  24. Ha-I had similar thoughts this week as I attended a seniors lunch with my mom : )

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    1. that will bring those thoughts on, won't it joyce :)

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