Linda Winchell

(still working on it! / Chicago Illinois)

' I Know What Mom Was Saying'


I now know what my mom was saying
When she said, ” Don’t Rush on getting old! ”
You’ll get there soon enough my child
But my reply was sharp and very child-like cold!



“I will never get to be as old as you!
Nor wrinkled, fat, slow and gray! ”
“I will exercise and moisturize my skin
And cover up with color
If I happen to go and get any grays! ”

I thought mom was just trying to be bossy
But what I didn’t understand.
Was that in time, we all grow old
And find it difficult to walk or even stand.

I now say those same words to my children
And to their children as well.
So if you think you’ve got this, “old timer thing” conquered
Best go and buy some, ”Super Glue”
Because I just went and missed a step, slipped and fell!

Submitted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009

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  • Barbara Terry (11/14/2009 8:55:00 AM)

    And sometimes even super glue just won't do. Getting 'old' is a fact of life, we all get there sooner or later. But what I can't understand is, why do we have to have all the pain to gowith it? Anyway sis this is a very real piece with a very real message and if the young people think this is a bunch of hooey, then all I can say is, good luck when you reach 50 because you are definitely going to need it. Another 10+++++ and thank you for sharing.

    Love & hugs,
    your sister in Christ our Lord,

    Barbara (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (3/20/2009 1:35:00 PM)

    oh yet super glue! ! ! ! ! ! ! , and it is the crux of aging, the very theory of senescence unstopable making all of us earthly and mortal thought ingenious, well penned,10+, thanks for sharing, (Report) Reply

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