Age: A Perspective on Time

We had a yard sale this past weekend. As I was sitting outside wrapped up in my warm coat, and my little guy ran circles around all of the tables- I had the sweetest conversation with an older lady that stopped by.

She told me she was 83.

That her Husband didn’t get around much, so he stayed at home. She told me how she lost her daughter 18 years ago when she was only 40. And she teared up a little as she said it. She told me about her children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren who were getting married and about to start families of their own.

I loved that she spent some time letting me get to know her. I could tell she doesn’t get to talk to people much, and was happy to hear her story. Before she left, she patted my shoulder and wished me luck. She watched Steven twirl circles and run around. And she said, “someday life won’t be this crazy.” She smiled and went on her way, but looked back in that nostalgic way. It made my heart ache.

Later that afternoon I watched our neighbor’s teenagers flirting with some boys down the street. The way that younger kids do. LOUDLY and without noticing that everyone can hear them. I laughed and told my Husband it hadn’t seemed that long ago that I was trying to get him to notice me. It seems like yesterday, really.

Then my mind thought back to that sweet lady- and I knew exactly how she was feeling.

While it’s hard to imagine being in my 80’s someday, being 17 didn’t seem that long ago. And I realized how time really does fly. 

I haven’t been on here much, because life has been crazy. Time is slipping away each day it seems. And especially after that sweet conversation with that amazing lady I’ll probably never meet again, I’m trying to make it count. To cherish these, sometimes crazy, days.

I hope someday to stop and share my wisdom as a great grandmother, with a mom deep in the muck of motherhood. I’m sure she’ll roll her eyes and think, ‘yeah yeah, the days fly by, but I’m exhausted!.’ But, I hope she’ll remember me and share her wisdom too.

Have you ever had a conversation that really shifted your perspective? I’d love to hear about it!

2 Comments

  1. Melissa Henderson

    October 23, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    What a blessing to share time with that lady! Sometimes a listening ear means more than we know. We can learn many lessons from listening.

    1. mrsbishop

      October 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      SO many lessons. I was glad to give her a few minutes of conversation.

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