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Sunday, February 08, 2009

I have had this sitting in my inbox for a while...don't even know why it took me so long to open up and read. But read it I did, just a few minutes ago, and I know it will touch anyone who reads it.

An Old Lady's Poem

What do you see, nurses, what do you see?
What are you thinking when you're looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise, uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply, when you say in a loud voice, "I do wish you'd try!"
Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.....
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will, with bathing and feeding, the long day to fill....
Is that what you're thinking?
Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse, you're not looking at me!
I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of ten, with a father and mother, brothers and sisters, who love one another.
A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet, dreaming that soon now, a lover she'll meet.
A Bride soon at twenty -- my heart gives a leap, remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
At twenty-five now, I have young of my own, who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast, bound to each other with ties that should last.
At forty, my young sons have grown and are gone, but my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.
At fifty once more, babies play round my knee, Again we know children, my loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead, I look at the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own, And I think of the years and the love that I've known.
I'm now an old woman ... and nature is cruel;
‘Tis jest, to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,
There is now a stone where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain, and I'm loving and living life over again.
I think of the years ....all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurses, open and see…
Not a crabby old woman; look closer ....... see ME!

.......Remember this poem when you next meet an old person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within... We will, God willing, one day be there, too!

Well, I disagree with that last line...I don't want to be there one day. I might be, but I don't want to be. And despite whatever our best efforts are, we may not be able to control our destiny, but you know what? I can't think of a greater reason to get up and get moving and NEVER stop moving, than the real possibility that it might prevent this from being my end..

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    Wow Tina!! That's not gonna be me if I have any say over it! That's the stuff that brought me to spark! We've gotta think like the others that have posted and do what we ALL we can to avoid it.
    4280 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2009 1:36:02 PM
    It's the thought of some of that stuff that keeps me trying to be as active as I can. Even when I don't see the weight coming off. My mom is in her 70's and all she does is sit in her chair and watch "Law and Order" all day. She does have some health issues, but I can't help but think that some of them may have been avoided if she had just been active!

    4281 days ago
    I think if you keep a very positive attitude and keep your mind active and keep learning new things, you can live a long healthy life. I used to work in a hearing clinic and we had many clients over 90 even some in their hundreds, and they were smart as a whip and walked quick and steady? Mind over matter?
    4281 days ago
    emoticon oh, Tina... that is such a SAD poem... brings TEARS... (sniff...) you're right, Tina... you're right... I don't want to be like that... I wanna' die catchin' the waves while surfin' or somethin' like that... not... NOT that... emoticon
    4282 days ago
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