Since I've turned 50 there has been more than one store clerk ask if I wanted to join their senior's club. On my receipt, just yesterday, the clerk graciously gave me the 15% senior discount, assuming there was no need to ask. Don't get me wrong, I'll take a discount at any age.
I've also noticed that remarks concerning the aging body have my ears perking. I find myself paying closer attention to the indigestion, bloating, acid reflux and Bengay commercials. During some mild discomfort I went to investigate on the Internet and hit a BINGO for menopause symptoms. Hello Old Age!
While at the library recently I held the door for an elderly lady walking with a cane. She said to me, "Oh dear, never get old." "It's too late!" I wanted to cry, "I've turned 50, I'm at the top of the hill sitting in a wagon!" Instead I replied, with a smile, "I don't think I have a choice so I'm trying to do it gracefully."
Therefore, here at the threshold, in addition to the Dating and Mating series, Friday Forum posts, Treasures of the Heart, empty nest chronicles, writing commentaries and thoughts in general it seemed timely to pen my progress on Aging Gracefully.