I am 64 years old today and it seems to me that I piece and patch fabric as well as myself, I am serious. I am not only a quilter but turning into a bit of a patchwork quilt. I wish I could actually use fabric pieces to patch myself up. A trip to the quilt store would be more fun than the doctor!
I can't say that I was not warned about the increased maintenance of old age because I was. When I first started teaching I was the only female in the Humanities, Science or Math department. I was also the youngest teacher on staff.
The warning I remember the best was that I would age one day and that in my 40's I would begin to gain things I didn't want. That turned out to be true. Hello pounds and grey hairs.
I was also warned that in my 50's I would start to lose things I did like. Yep, that also was proved correct. Good bye eyes that didn't need bifocals and knees that never creaked.
The final warning was the most ominous. They told me that after 60, it was just patch, patch, patch. Since I am a quilter, it's obviously true!
On my last day of being 63 this was particularly true in a non quilting sense. First, I went to the dentist where I had two teeth repaired because I have been clenching my teeth. I also got fitted for a night mouth guard, have you ever tasted that gunk? YUCK!
Then we went to Costco and I picked up my new glasses. I needed new glasses because my correction changed after my retinal surgery. That was a sort of a patch.
I went bold as you can see. Pay no attention to the lopsided smile, the Novocaine had not worn off yet. Also, I forgot to comb my hair. Anyhoo, aren't they fun glasses?
I discovered that glasses at Costco are about a third of the cost at my eye doctor. I was able to get new lenses in my old frames so I have a back up pair. Why? Because you just never know and I love those frames also.
I am hoping the stitching and patching is done on my person for a while. I feel overhauled and ready for another 100,000 miles. I just want to stitch and sew in my sewing room, thank you very much!
I shall end this with a snippet of a song that I never imagined would apply to me.
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When you get older you also lose the slang of your youth. Check out my post on this topic.