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Age is a matter of perception

Joined: 2/10/2014
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Are you old enough to remember the Art Linkletter Show and the segment, Kids Say the Darndest Things? When my daughters were little, they said so many funny things. I wish I had written them all down because now I can’t remember half of them. My grandchildren are the witty ones now, and I have vowed to record their sayings, not just for myself, but for my daughter to enjoy as well.
A few weeks ago Grampy and I were visiting our daughter and her family of three beautiful children. In my mind, I am the more active, engaged, and younger acting grandparent. I get on the floor, which is a feat in itself, not to mention getting back up. I roll around and wrestle with my 6 year old grandson, play superheroes, build towers, and do science experiments until I have to crawl up the stairs, take massive doses of ibuprofen and put heating pads on my arthritic joints. (I make sure he doesn’t see me doing this). I think all my playing and frolicking on the floor makes me exciting and young in his eyes. I look at Grampy, sitting in his chair, drinking a beverage, watching TV, sometimes sleeping. Surely, I am much “cooler” than that!
“Mamaw, I have a question for you,” said my grandson as we were building the massive tower for the Super Heroes to destroy.
“OK, what is it?” I ask. Who knows what a 6 year old will ask you. I held my breath.
“Well, just, why are you so old and Grampy is so young?”
What? Did I hear that correctly? Did he say I am old and Grampy, sleeping in his chair, newspaper heaving up and down on his oversized belly with every breath, is young?
“Why do you think that?” I asked, as I add yet another block to the castle.
“Because Grampy seems like he is 4 and you seem like you are 100.”
Oh, the pain. Oh, the agony. What is he talking about?
“Why does Grampy seem like he is 4 and I seem like I am 100?” I ask, in a calm, controlled voice when I really want to scream and cry.
“ Because you have all those stripes on your face.” He shrugs his shoulders and rolls his eyes to the ceiling as if to say, “DUH!”
Guess I better invest in some more expensive face cream, I think to myself, as I roll on the floor like a Weeble, trying to get on my knees to add another block to the tower. Grampy, in all his youthfulness, snores loudly in the chair.
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