I wish I could say this column is back by popular demand, but I'm not sure five people mentioning Senior Moments in the last three weeks and asking me why I'm not writing it fits the definition of "popular demand." But I'll pretend that it does.

Old age comes at a bad time.

I read that somewhere and it speaks to me and probably a lot of the Senior Moments crowd. So here goes some of my rambling thoughts on growing older but not necessarily wiser.

A quote I gleaned off the internet from Molly Johnson says "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.” I giggled at that one, so you know where I stand.

But why should we try to grow up? Another of Molly's internet messages says: “It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.”

That's similar to what I've observed. Seniors can express an opinion and nobody seems to be paying much attention. Then someone else says the same thing as the Senior and everybody responds. Am I the only one who gets into this kind of thing?

This mood probably has a lot to do with my birthday coming up in a few days. It's one of those milestone birthdays that I've avoided thinking about. They say to grow old gracefully, you have to start at a young age. I've missed out on that one, so I guess I will continue to grow old ungracefully.

I passed another milestone in October — five years of retirement. That's something else I never expected to experience. I always said they'd find me in the middle of the newsroom, with my last words echoing through the building: "Get those subjects and verbs in agreement!" "Learn to spell lightning, marshal and Senator Hutchison's name!" "Be reader-friendly and cut out those unnecessary words in your story!"

As the days go by, I know that growing old, gracefully or not, can be a good thing. And being retired also has its benefits - not having all those impossible demands on my time and attention; waking up in the morning and realizing it doesn't matter that I can't remember whether it's Tuesday or Wednesday. Traveling when we get ready, whether it's across the state or around the county looking at the beautiful autumn foliage; enjoying our granddaughters; and planning for Christmas without getting so distracted are all on my list of delightful Senior Moments.

Like the bumper sticker says: “I'm too blessed to be depressed.”

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