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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

aging 2

A very ancient book tells us that the age of man is considered to be three score and ten. Of course this varies with many considerations, such as lifestyles, quality of healthcare and genetics. Hopefully I have a few more productive years, if all things go well – and if an elephant or some other large mammal doesn’t sit on me. (small wry grin)

Another age-related thing is wrinkles. A wrinkle defined is a small furrow or crease in the skin, especially of the face, as from aging or frowning. This confused me just a bit because while I am sure that many of mine came from aging, I don’t recall frowning enough to get those aforementioned types of wrinkles. Plus I’m not sure what the lines that come from smiling are called if they are not wrinkles. And how does one tell the difference between the wrinkles (or lines) that come from aging, frowning or smiling – especially if one has more than one type on the face?

This could lead to wrinkle confusion and our faces do not need more bewilderment. Just a while back I recall being mildly amused about something and happened by a mirror – I could not see the amusement in my face, just wrinkles. Either the amusement wrinkles missed their assignment or they were just outdone by the abundance of regular, non-expressive wrinkles. My huge smiles are still pretty easy to read, but maybe I should practice emoting the lesser, more subtle expressions. Plus I could possibly brush up on having a more definitive twinkle in the eye – this might help overcome some of the wrinkle problems, I certainly wouldn’t want any of my wrinkles misunderstood.

One thing that is not too bad about aging is the senior discount. The only problem is that I used to have to ask for the reduction, but now they just automatically give the price break – I must look the part more than I once did. I don’t think that I look ancient yet since one of the definitions of that is old in wisdom and experience – well, maybe in the experience part. Another meaning is old-fashioned or antique and I might be approaching either of these conditions in a rapid fashion.

Well, maybe not an antique because that would be defined as a piece of furniture, decorative object, or work of art produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase. Now while I was produced in a former period and could be described as a “real piece of work”, none of the other parts really apply. Now the old-fashioned part is a different story, since that means having the conservative behavior, ways, ideas, or tastes of earlier times.

In fact, I am so much that way that I might even be considered an anachronism, which means about the same thing – a thing or person that belongs to another time, especially an earlier one. For my part, I don’t mind the aging too much, I just don’t want to get older – especially if that involves not caring about other people and not getting along with anyone. The power of God can keep us young in spirit and soul – and take us to live with the Lord forever - if we choose that by accepting Jesus as Savior. ec


Blogger Amish Furniture said...

Wrinkles is the biggest diadvantage of growing old. Age does not matter as long as you dont look your age.... and by that I mean you look much younger than you are.
Amish made Furniture

12/21/2006 04:08:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

amish furniture - The only thing I do about my wrinkles is smile a lot - that is the best way to improve anybody's looks. :) ec

12/21/2006 11:20:00 AM  
Blogger Bonita said...

What an amusing and delightful post! Here's a bountiful toast to wrinkles! We get them around the corners of our eyes when we read something like this.

But, put on that sunscreen! Then, they'll show up later.

12/21/2006 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Bonita - The best looking wrinkles (or lines) are those caused by smiling - I always look for the smile ones. ec

12/21/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I hate not being carded for those discounts.

12/22/2006 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

AC - We need and enjoy all the discounts we can get. :) ec

12/22/2006 09:03:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I really don’t mind the wrinkles as much as I mind the arthritis!

12/22/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - I am in total agreement with that statement - I could do without those aches and pains - at least the wrinkles don't hurt. ec

12/24/2006 10:33:00 AM  

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