As a daughter of two aging parents and being in a business with seniors, I believe one of the most difficult things to witness is seeing the ones we love grow old. To watch them shuffle across a room and then forget what they went to get or to hear them speak of their siblings and watch as they struggle to recall their names or where they live is truly a hard thing to see. As they grow older, into their 80′s and 90′s, I think we all start to wonder is longevity really a good thing?
Sometimes I wonder if long life is really a gift.
Bone-tired and weak, I can’t even open a jar of jelly.
I feel so useless.
Then I begin to think of the many blessings long life has provided.
I have watched children and grandchildren grow from chubby-cheeked toddlers to remarkable adults.
Tears of joy have filled my eyes at countless graduations and weddings.
My life has been chockful of Christmas mornings and summer vacations.
These are the special gifts of a long life.
Tender memories that make me rich beyond measure.
It’s true I have known heights and depths, both joy and heartache.
May the footprints I leave behind my long life guide others to you.
I accept today as yet another gift.
I will open it with a grateful heart knowing I have purpose in this day.
To thine be the glory.
By: Missy Buchanan
Yes, a longevity is a good thing. It is a blessing given from God and as I go through my days helping my parents or someone elses, I will thank God for the blessing before me. M. Crosson