Friday, February 11, 2011

The Golden Years

He was an older man, in his late seventies, and I knew he was frustrated about all the medical procedures he was having to endure. He looked at me, sincerity in his eyes, and said, "You know, I'm not sure why they call these the golden years. When I look at you, I realize that you are the one in the golden years."

I let it sink in.

I wonder if he knew how much those two sentences would impact me. I'm sure he didn't think that I would think about it all day, tell others, and write about it on my blog. But I am. And I have thought about it ever since he said it.

You are the one in the golden years.

Do we realize this? Those of you reading who are my age, going through similar life happenings - do you realize that someone in their late 70's wants us to know how great this time in our life is?

Do I know that these moments...

...are probably the best days of my life?

I wish he knew how much I will remember him. His face, his movements, his words. He impacted me with just a simple phrase.

You are the one in the golden years.


Mary Joy said...

That is SO true! What a wonderful gift he gave you!!! And you share with us! Thank you!

Building Home with Him,

Mary Joy

Causey Fam said...

Thank you for that reminder. I was just eating lunch with my girl today and realized this is the last year it will be just the two of us for lunch. She'll be in school all day next year and these moments are fleeting. Too fast, I might add!

Miller Racing Family said...

Wow, did I need to hear that today. Sometimes with a baby and a toddler life seems a little to much but you are so right these are the best days. Thanks for the wake up call.
Have a great weekend!

Kelly said...

I have thought a lot about this lately. My grandma said something similar that started me thinking. One thing is that I wish I wasn't so tired during this happy stage:-) I might enjoy it more. I think maybe sometimes God gives just enough to help us enjoy each stage and enough to keep us grounded so that we still want to go to heaven:-) I'm glad that you wrote this, it was another reminder for me that I needed.

Ada said...

What a powerful thing to hear. Definitely something we should all keep in mind during these days!

kelly said...

What a great post! It really makes you appreciate what stage in life you are in. I love to read your blog and am going to place a link to this post in mine. I hope that is ok? Happy Valentines weekend.

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - what an amazing reminder.I am a little older and my kids are too.... my oldest will be heading off to college in the fall. I am loving my time with her.

Brooke said...

Wow, I stumbled upon your blog via the Friday blog hop, and I was attracted to your name. I recently read Traveling Light by Max Lucado. Your blog is so inspiring, and this post was really inspiring. It brought tears to my eyes. From a new mom, thank you!


Bethany Haid said...

I think I have been in golden years for last decade- I cannot imagine better times and then I get blessed again!

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