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Thursday, August 29, 2013

"O" is for Old (Age)


I know you may not like this post but I had to write it! Earlier this week, I was grumpy! I could not have written it a few days ago,  It would have been filled with explicit language! I had a big change to handle at my job and at first I was miffed. Now I am getting settled into my tiny work space so the younger ones can deal with the front office antics! I am content, but I thought certainly I am being pushed out due to my age. But then I thought about what the bible says about age,


I am a righteous person. I was raised with good standards, respect, a good work ethic and honesty. That was before I even attended Catholic school from the age of 5 to my junior year in high school.  So I am going to trust the Lord and go with His way of thinking. 

I know I do a good job and the doctor complimented me telling his new office manager, that I am always concerned about his bottom line! Yes I am! In order to keep a job you have to bring money into the company. If I don't respect the patients who need his services and if I am rude or obnoxious they will not want to come there. If I don't gently tell them they need to be responsible for their out patient referrals to see a Specialist they will be angry when they get a big bill and in some cases my doctor will not be paid at all for services rendered because they went out of their network.

So I am making my case about growing older. I am not ashamed of who I am and where I came from! Goodness, I worked long and hard to get to where I am! I get upset the way the younger generation treats us. The doctor I work for hates to see anyone disrespect an older person. He will look them straight in the eye and say "Be careful how you treat the older folks, you will be there too one day!"

As an older, more mature woman, I have a lot to offer. I have, as they say, been there and done that! I also feel that I have a lot to offer. I have had a good , strong, solid marriage. I have been blessed. The kids are well, they are educated and they have been great ! I know all about babies and the routine you need with them. I handled two toddlers and two elementary age children as well as a teen! Whew! No wonder I am tired these days!

I can dole out marriage advice if needed, and more importantly, if asked!

I feel more vintage than old! I still like to stay in shape. I like getting discounts in restaurants and the thrift stores. You have to look around and ask. I am not ashamed, I am proud! Years ago when I was younger, my friend Bea, who is in her eighties these days, would ask me if she embarrassed me when she asked for discounts and deals! I said never! I am waiting for the day I can get a deal too!


Aside from brittle bones, wrinkles and crinkles, I love my life. I am learning a lot of new things even at this age, So don't feel bad if you are joining me for this new journey in life. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride!
Now please visit Ms. Jenny and join the wonderful world of the letter O!

13 comments:

Denise said...

Amen my friend.

Marilyn said...

I am right there with you. Only I think I might be ahead of you in the years department! I blame part of the grumpiness I'm feeling to this HOT weather. I feel so weary these days, but know cooler weather will be here soon-at least cooler nights so I don't have to listen to the noise of the fan or the AC unit in the bedroom. Both of which I'm very thankful for. Hope you will have time to enjoy yourself this Labor Day weekend.♥♫

LV said...

You said it all my friend. I just turned 84 and thrilled to make it. My age has never stopped me so far. The government might, but pray I can still live each day the best I can. It is a terrible thing, but what happened to you at work happens everyday. No one wants us when we are old and grey. My sister, Patsy, lost her job period.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I am on the journey with you and actually loving this time in my life...

keep on keeping on...

Lola said...

Just keep on keeping on - Amen to that!

Many thanks for your kind words over at my place - have a lovely weekend!

Mevely317 said...

Applauding over here, Anne! (Oh goodness, why would you think anyone wouldn't love this?)
Thank God for your doc's wisdom -- and courage to put his younger charges in their place. I've had plenty of occasion to witness the staff at hubby's doctors' offices, and unfortunately, so many of them just walk around with unsmiling faces and attitudes like they're just there for the paycheck. You just keep on keeping on and hopefully, someone will take notice and emulate you!

Have a great weekend!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

Great post! Totally agree. ...but getting older is quite a challenge for me!!
Thanks so much for enjoying my little boy reaching up into the park fountain painting! Your little Indian boy painting sounds adorable. I'm sorry that I forgot to add the PayPal button to my blog post. I have 2 sizes of matted prints - both will fit in standard frames. Where are you located? If you are in the US, shipping is free. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing my art with you again.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yes! Embracing the move towards "vintage" :o) Love that! I love vintage things... I have heard my husband's aunt say when I first married him (when she was in her 40's) that she still mentally would feel like in her late 20's, rather than what she thought she was expected to feel in her late 40's. Now ere I am on the thresh hold of 50 and I also think and feel as I felt when I was younger. I love to listen to those older than me, especially when they recount stories of their days of youth. And as far as respect...it has always been important to me to respect and be courteous to those I come in contact with...of any age. It is good to hear that the doctor you work for feels the same and that he voices it to those that work in his practice.

Blessings & Aloha!

CailinMarie said...

This post made me smile. I am sorry that you are not appreciated by the younger ones at work, but I am glad you are celebrating all the wisdom that comes with age. Good for you!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I agree that compared to the alternative, growing old is a privilege, Anne! We were young once, but I think but these years are the best ones!

EG CameraGirl said...

Well, were ALL getting older, even the young'uns! I think every stage in life has its positives and its negatives. ;))

Jenny said...

I always try to see every obstacle I encounter in life from as many different perspectives as possible...


And I must say that I am overjoyed by your optimistic attitude about aging!

You go girl!

Thanks for linking to the letter "O"...

Outstanding job!

A+

Jenny said...

And all of the discounts and extra opportunities to save money are one of my favorite things about getting older!