You Know You’re Getting Older When…

clockWhen the first AARP card arrived in the mail addressed to my husband a few months prior to his half-century birthday, he was a bit incensed. We had thought the magical age for such things was 55.  However, the AARP invitations continue to arrive, even though he has still only celebrated 52 young years.  So, in preparation for the years to come and with a wink of humor at a few of the ways we are growing older already, here’s my Top Ten list on aging:

Top Ten Ways You Know You are Getting Older:

10. You know you are getting older when you would rather watch fireworks on TV than outside live and in person.

9. You know you are getting older when an ice cream cone on the way home from a doctor appointment counts as a date.

8. You know you are getting older when your idea of Christmas decorating is plugging in a pre-lit tree with decorations still on it from last year.

7.  You know you are getting older when going to the hairdresser becomes more about hiding a color than highlighting a color.

6.  You know you are getting older when your nose begins dripping at random times without warning, requiring you to keep a tissue tucked inside your shirt sleeve, ready at any moment.

5. You know you are getting older when your New Year’s Eve party consists of a bowl of ice cream while watching the 10 o’clock news.

4. You know you are getting older when you stop sending out a family Christmas picture because the kids are out of the house and you look the same as you did last year.

3. You know you are getting older when you start to get that wrinkly sag of skin under your chin just like your mom has.

2. You know you are getting older when you plan to arrive at your favorite restaurant for the early bird dinner specials and you order the same thing every time.

1. You know you are getting older when an “all-nighter” means you did not get up to go to the bathroom.

So when you feel like old age is creeping in on you, just remember this adage: “You don’t stop having fun because you get old, you get old because you stopped having fun!”

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About pwmja5

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