"In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order." ~Robert Brault

Miss Maya celebrated her 6th birthday this week and it's got me thinking about age. The above quote really spoke to me -- isn't that the truth? I'm finding there really are some things I like about being older, but there are probably equally as many things that go along with it that are not so much to my liking. I like being able to look back and really see the hand of God in our lives, as He has moved us around. I like the perspective I have gained with time. I really like having a better understanding of myself. And grandchildren? The best gift I've ever received, since the original gift of my children.

The wrinkles? Not so much. Or the alarming downward slide of body parts that have always been up higher? Nope. And I really don't like the minor aches and pains that seem to creep in as time goes on. The gray hair is something that my hairdresser Jake takes care of so that's not so much a problem.

So does it even out? For sure. Time is something I have a little bit more of, time to play with little guys, to help our our grown children, and time to think. Time to serve in the church, both with children and with music. Time to reflect and to try to do better.

Old-er age is a gift -- especially since the way I feel inside has never changed. Inside, I'm still young. Really young!


Mel said...

Happy Birthday Miss Maya! She is such a cutie. How true with birthdays. I wish they didn't come chronologically.

Britta said...

Loved this post. I like to think of myself as young. I've been thinking about age too, my oldest is 10 1/2 yrs. old and I often ponder the question, "Where has the time gone?" On the other hand, I am happy to have had the experiences that I've had.

100 Percent Cottam said...

you ARE really young! and you rock! :)

Suzanne said...

Amen, Sister! Miss Maya is a beauty to be sure. Just adorable.

I love being "slightly mature" -- more a reflection of my age, rather than emotional maturity. ;o)
Each age has its unique blessings!

hoLLy said...

there seem to be ups and downs with every age, we just gotta learn to love where we're at! happy birthday miss maya! can't believe that girl is 6!

MiaKatia said...

I really like where I am now, but I know I am going to enjoy growing up/older too.

Shelley~Maren said...

I'm not a fan of the aging process either... BUT I love right now. I want to press pause and just live for a while. I stress out about WAY too much stuff! It can't be good.

Anyway, lol Glad Maya had such a special day! She's completely adorable!