This past Saturday we attended the wedding. One of the people I enjoyed talking to at the reception was one of the uncles of the bride, who was our best man when my wife and I got married *way* back in the last millenium. It was fun to get caught up a bit, to share some memories, and to laugh a little about aging. I told my friend that while some people feel as though they've been robbed of their childhood, I was robbed of being middle aged! Let me 'splain....
When I was 40 and talking with a colleague of the same age, I referred to our being middle aged. He protested strongly that we were *not* middle aged yet! Then when I was 50 and talking to a man who was nearing retirement, I referred to myself as being middle aged. He asked me derisively if I were planning to live to be 100! When I said I didn't really think so, he told me that I was beyond middle age. So I ask, when is one *allowed* to be "middled aged"?! The Bible speaks of our life span as being "three score and ten." So based on that number of 70, is middle age 35? Or is middle age the mid-point in our adult years - between the adult ages of 20 and 70? That age would be 45. Or, based on that mid-point number of 45, is "middle age" the period between 40 and 50 - the two ages at which I was *not allowed* to be "middle aged"?!?
Anyway, this week's iv is some random thoughts on "middle age"....
MIDDLE AGE (sigh!)
"Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle." - Bob Hope
Middle age is when your glasses and your waistline get thicker.
And your hair and your wallet get thinner;
When you don't give much thought to exercise
And entirely too much to dinner.
Maybe it's true that life begins at forty, but everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out.
There are three signs that you're aging. The first is your loss of memory, and you forget the other two.
According to the cardiologist, if something tastes good, you should probably spit it out.
It gets harder to be nostalgic when you have trouble remembering anything.
Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
Maybe the aging process could be slowed down if it had to work its way through Congress.
Middle age is when it takes longer to rest than to get tired.
You have reached middle age when you are cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of by the police.
You know you're into middle aged when you realize that caution is the only thing you care to exercise.
Middle age is when work is a lot less fun - and fun a lot more work.
You know you've reached middle age when your wife tells you to pull in your stomach, and you just did!
Middle aged people don't have wrinkles - those are laugh lines. Guess we do a lot of laughing, huh?
Show me a man with his head held high, and I'll show you a guy having trouble with bifocals.
You know you're middle aged when you long for a quiet evening at home.
Middle age is that terrible feeling that comes over you when you're talking to your son and he says, "What's a running board?"
You've reached middle age when you know your way around, but you'd rather not go anywhere!
Middle age is when everything's starting to click for you ... your elbows, your neck, your knees....
Fifty-five on the calendar is just like fifty-five on the road. Everybody seems to pass you!
Forget exercising and dieting - let someone come up with younger mirrors!
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed." - Charles Schultz
I cannot tell whether the following is an insult or a compliment: "She has discovered the secret of perpetual middle age." - Oscar Levant
We're plugging along here, trying to get things organized for our trip to Asia. Little by little, everything will be ready for departure when that time arrives.
"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12 (ESV)
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The hardest decision in life is when to start middle age.
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