11.24.2009

Protection from Aging

Natalie and Simon

Chris -- who is eternally young too!

Maya, Chris and Daniel {boy in foreground is a stranger}

Mason, Maya and Daniel

Mason and the Rainforest Cafe frog

Mark

"Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age."
~Jeanne Moreau

So true. I may be in my mid-50s {OK, I am in my mid 50s!} but I feel young. I really do. I love to race, to chase, to tackle and tickle, and to do whatever it takes to keep up with our precious grandkiddoes. I do have some aches and pains, but they are minor in comparison to the joy I feel when spending time with family. The smiles I earn from the kiddoes are the best medicine for any ache or pain that might rear its ugly head. And it always brings a smile when I hear "Grandma, you're not old, you're new!" And I am new.

The love I feel for my children, their children, my parents and siblings, our Primary children, our dear friends -- is truly what keeps me young. That love makes me want to take good care of myself, to be fun to be with, to cherish every second I get with them, and is behind every prayer I pray for as much time with my family as possible.

If love is the measure, then I will always be young. Just look at the above pics -- oh, how I am blessed! {and young! ha!}

12 comments:

Shelley~Maren said...

How lucky you are to have so many to love! I hope to be so lucky someday too! :)

Britta said...

Loved that! Thank you for reminding me to look at the little blessings all around me screaming and yelling, and laughing their cute little laughs. For I am truly blessed (and young)as well.

Nat Lud said...

What a sweet post! I still feel 18 even though I'm pushing 30 (and starting to look it!) Hope ya got your pedicure today!

Melissa said...

Funny, I'm sitting here feeling OLD because today my kids just wore me out! But, most days I still feel young and I'm trying to relish this time in my life (and remind myself that SOMEDAY I will get enough sleep again!) Glad you are back to blogging!

Darleen said...

You make me feel young! Seriously you always have such a positive viewpoint on life. It makes me remember what is most important.

hoLLy said...

i love your outlook on life-you are so full of energy and excitement! you inspire me with all of your posts to be a better me.

Amanda L said...

I love your attitude! You said something there that I need to think on more: That love makes us want to take care of ourselves and be fun to be with. Yes! Thank you, Sis. Mason!

Rhonda said...

You stated it all so perfectly!

Andrea said...

You'll never be old Jan! You enjoy having fun too much. Love that about you.

Jori said...

You are such a fun grandma! I bet the grandkids just have a ball with you.

Beth and Shae said...

You are so wonderful. I love to read all your posts and even if I don't comment all the time, please know that you make me smile on a regula basis. Thanks for your example in my life.

Hacking it up said...

You will always be young!! You are a fun fun grandma and mom and friend!!! That definitely keeps you young. I told my kids you're only as old as you act...they said, "then you must be twelve mom!!" yep. :)