This month, I flew to Florida with my family to celebrate a milestone birthday for my mother ~ 90 years young!
Mom’s body doesn’t move as quickly as it once did, but her spirit is lively. It is not her style to complain about aches, pains or limitations. She takes them in her stride and emphasizes that it is a normal part of the aging process. At her tallest she was 4’11” and now, due to curvature of the spine, she is about 4’8”. Mom refers to herself as the “incredible shrinking woman.” Although her hip is deteriorating and causing her discomfort, she insists that it’s “not so terrible,” and that others have far worse health issues.
Last year when I turned 60, my mother declared that “60 is the new 40.” I laughed and replied that I didn’t think that was accurate and expressed that perhaps “60 is the new 50” instead. Then I asked her: “Mom, if 60 is the new 40…then what is 90?” She responded that “90 is 90!” So cute!!
This woman, who has suffered her share of tragedies, has managed to maintain a positive and upbeat attitude. She always sees the very best in everyone and continually expresses gratitude for all the good things in her life. It is so easy to please her as she appreciates even the tiniest of gestures. I am blessed to have this sweet little woman in my life. Her love is bountiful and unconditional.
Even though I didn’t write the following short story, it so aptly describes my mother’s mindset that I wanted to share it here. I read this at her party and everyone agreed that my mother is definitely the eternal optimist!
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So she did and she had a wonderful day!
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she only had two hairs on her head. “Hmmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” So she did and she had a grand day!
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a ponytail.” So she did and she had a fun, fun day!
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head. “Yay,” she exclaimed. “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”
A POSITIVE ATTITUDE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE!
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