For some reason, this spread was hard to do. I didn't have many photos, and I guess I just don't want to think about getting old(er)!

Journaling: old - adj., advanced far in years or life; having lived beyond the middle period or toward the end of the ordinary terms of life; aged; being of long standing; made or produced some time ago; of or characteristic of aged people; known or enjoyed for a long time or a long time ago

After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. -- H. L. Mencken, on Shakespeare

Growing old is not for the faint-hearted. And age just sort of creeps up on you with little to no warning. One day you have plenty of energy, good eyesight, and a flat stomach. The next day you need a nap, bifocals, and a twelve-step program to get off chocolate.

Some of the things I don’t like about growing old: not sleeping through the night, hot flashes, gaining weight from smelling chocolate, aging loved ones, aches and pains.

Some of the things I like about growing old: retirement, the ability to travel whenever we want, no need for alarm clocks, time to spend with family. I’d like to say I’m growing old gracefully, but I’m not sure that’s entirely accurate. There are parts I like and parts I rail against. Growing old stinks, but it still beats the alternative.

This year’s homecoming at FSU included some old-timers: Coach Bobby Bowden and the 1993 National Championship team. Our first Heisman winner, quarterback Charlie Ward was there and looked great. They were honored before the game against Syracuse, which, by the way, we won 59-3.

Sphinx Rock on Grandfather Mountain in NC is estimated to be 640 million years old and weighs 4000 tons. Now I wonder how they know that?

We’ve known each other for 45 years and have been married for 43. We’re both a lot grayer now, but we’ve settled into the senior years comfortably. He likes planting things, and I like scrapping. We enjoy traveling and spending time with our grandchildren. Old age has its rewards.

Katie Pertiet
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