Friday, December 9, 2016

Approaching Gold

I love the freedom of retirement, but miss my career. I do not miss the early morning alarm. I certainly do not miss the meetings. I worked very hard and am thankful I had the sense to recognize when it was time to play even if it just might have been early. There, I've said it. Early retirement has been somewhat frustrating and still is. We travel and have a busy 2017 itinerary already planned. I am volunteering now and am the youngest one there. I will not accept the title of senior citizen just yet. I am still too young. I am fighting that label all the way. The big age threshold is still years away.

So Jack sent this to me to send off to Cat and just as I was about to whisk it off,  I stopped and thought that this is good post material. As an aside, Cat and Jack need to exchange email addresses and just me out of the loop. So this little essay is spot on. I would not want to be in my 20's or 30's. Relationships seem not to last and everyone seems to be looking for something they cannot seem to find.

Read this and see what you think. Do you appreciate the older folks that share these values listed below? 

Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not try to blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,

The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The togetherness out of the family,

The learning out of education,

The service out of patriotism,

The Golden Rule from rulers,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,

The ambition out of achievement or

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!

And, we DO understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention as the American or Canadian Flag passes by in a parade!


I'm the life of the party..... Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.

I'm very good at opening childproof caps….. With a hammer.

I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

If you know seniors, they do hold these truths dear. Which are you in step with? 



  1. So glad you intercepted this senior wisdom, Meredith. Thanks to Jack for this brilliant find. Couldn't agree more.

    It was not seniors who took...

    The love out of sleeping with someone.

    The integrity out of decisions.

    The duty out of being a citizen.

    Ella Jumping on the Bandwagon

  2. No need to rush things, Meredith. I don't blame you for fighting it!
    What defines "old" anyway? Perhaps maturity, wisdom, perspective, and good ol' grit!
    Love to you and Jack,

  3. Love this post, Mere and very much agree with it! have my permission to give my email address to Jack. He provides some fun material and we seem to have to same warped sense of humor as some of the ones he sends I have previously posted. ;)

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

  4. Meredith really love Jacks thoughts on senior citizens and totally agree. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs Lindy xx

  5. Hi Meredith, this is sad but true :(
    love Jan, xx

  6. Mere..I agree with you on all of this,,and i"m 69 and heard it all from younger ones,It"s true old age is not for wimps,,take my word on it.


  7. I love your title..Approaching Gold. Remember that gold is extremely valuable and so is our older generation. Not only are the above traits true but seniors are also a wealth of knowledge gained by a lifetime of experience. I'm honoured that some of my friends fall into this category and I hope and pray that I can approach gold in the fun loving, exciting way that you and Jack do, by enjoying life and all it has to offer. A wonderful post. 😊

  8. All of the above. I have approached and crossed over gold but mostly wouldn't change it for the world. So what if my body can't do what my mind says I can still do. I can also say and do many things that young ones can't get away with. They simply look at me and shake their heads thinking she's old, forgive her.
    Anyway, I don't mind being old. The world of the future doesn't hold much promise for me so I'm glad I won't be around to see it.

  9. This is my first comment on any of these blogs. Thank you for your post. I am years away from gold just yet but I do agree. I wish more of my generation had the common sense to harvest the gold from those who have uncovered it over the years. Instead we do play the blame game. It's easier than finding solutions to real issues. But I do like to think that there is hope, there are some of us who seek out the generations that went before us in search of wisdom and advice. Excellent food for thought. Just wanted to say that ☺️

  10. I am also approaching gold and definately relate to these senior thoughts and don't mind sharing.. I am proud to almost be one of them!!!

  11. M,
    Glad you consider yourself to only be approaching gold, but there are such excellent "gold" nuggets for thoughts. I am with Leigh, those of us from the slightly younger set can learn so much from those of you who have the experience and knowledge that we lack.

  12. I love this post, Meredith! :) Like Laurel, I love what you have titled it.

    I agree with so much of this. The question is, what can be done?

    I've seen some amazing examples of the answer to that question- high schoolers, being paired up with elderly, to write their stories. Pre-schools co situated with elderly housing. There is a wonderful book, which has a dvd with it... I think that it is called "Wisdom". It is a book filled with seniors that we know, who share what they have learned, and beautifully shot portraits of each.

    "I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere." I'm not quite a senior yet, but I am definitely doing this kind of thing here and there! I guess that I am practicing! LOL! Great find, and post! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie