There’s something about a tree.  When it grows old it has gained great stature.  It has reached towards heaven and branched out in many directions.  The circles on your trunk indicate how many years you’ve endured.  People on the other hand, usually lose their height as they age.  The bend differently than they did 40 years ago.  They aren’t as resilient and the circles around their girth indicate that they’ve overindulged for too long.

I refuse to let my age get the best of me.  Instead of feeling old I’ve decided to consider myself a huge barrel of wisdom and knowledge.  I’ve accumulated years of both, along with experience and the scars to prove it.

I used to think 77 was ancient.  That was when I was about twelve.  With each passing year, I’ve discovered that anything older than me was over the hill.  Now in the golden years of life, 125 is looking old and I feel like a young whippersnapper.

I remember growing up in a classroom that still used black chalk boards.  I had a teacher of ample size who always wore black.  When she approached that chalk board, I imagined she must’ve been at least 60.  She’d apply the chalk and create a sentence and erase the same all in one sweep.  Her black dress was apparently smudged with white in conspicuous places when she turned around.  That woman was undoubtedly more like thirty, but to me she looked almost twice that age.

I guess you’re as old as you feel and there are plenty of times when I feel like Methuselah, but I certainly wouldn’t want to live as long as he did.  Today the seventies are considered the new fifties.  I think someone approaching seventy came up with that one.  Aging doesn’t have to indicate the end of living.  In fact in this stage of life, you have more time to think about things like the beauty of God’s creation – the joy of watching your children and grandchildren succeed – the comfort in knowing that this is not the end of life, but much more like the beginning.

So happy birthday to me.  I don’t have one foot in the grave yet.  I’m not a tree.  I am a child of God and life is good.  He allowed me this day as a gift.  I can’t wait to meet him personally to thank Him for it.



About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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13 Responses to I’M NOT A TREE!

  1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Happy birthday Kathy!! 77 is a blessing!

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  2. Donald N Norris says:

    Happy birthday, Kathy

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  3. Pure Glory says:

    Happy Birthday! Your life is just beginning! Methuselah was 969 and Abraham lived to 175 years old. Moses at 120 y.o. had the eyes and strength of a young man! Celebrating your life today!

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  4. davidkitz says:

    Happy birthday, Kathy. 7 is the number of completion and rest. So two sevens must mean a double portion of those blessings, right? Enjoy your special day and many more!

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  5. I sent birthday wishes while sitting in the surgical vets office today, but you may not have seen it!! Happy happy joy joy and lots of ice cream 🍨

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  6. Happy birthday Kathy!! I enjoyed the perspective you had when you were 12. I thought the same thing. I am going to be 62 and the 70’s don’t look that old at all!

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