When I was younger I never thought that there were things that would be even better when I got older. Growing old looked like a slippery slope and whilst I still say that old is ten years older than I am now, I have to admit that maybe for some people, a woman of sixty two could be said to be aging. Not that anyone I know would be that rude - or that brave!
Anyway, some things seem even better now than they did when I was half or
even a third of my present age. Some of life's pleasures are better
savoured after retirement when one has time to enjoy them. And I thought
that today I would write about one or two of them.
First, freshly ironed sheets. When I was younger they maybe felt good
but doing the ironing was too high a price to pay. Now it's a small cost
for such a wonderful pleasure. I love the smell and the feel. (No, I won’t do anyone else’s ironing before
Next, leftovers. I think it was
Nigella who said that a proper home had to have leftovers in the kitchen. Today I’ve had toast and dripping, with dripping
made from the juices left over from Sunday lunch. I would have scorned it when I was younger
but not now. Leftovers are little tastes
to be enjoyed after the main meal, treasures to enliven a midweek lunch. It’s not just that food is precious and
shouldn’t be wasted, leftovers are delicious!
And thirdly, idleness. Years ago I
would have been looking for the next thing to do, the next experience to enjoy,
the next person to meet and an evening with just myself for company would have
felt like a failure. Not now. I still enjoy new things, new experiences,
new people, but I also enjoy having time to savour them, time to sit in an
evening and remember the good things of the day.
Some things were much better when I was younger – having boundless energy
for starters! But I am grateful for the
good things of late middle or early old age too. How about you?