Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – that wonderful weekly writing challenge, hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
Kathy Stinson (a wonderful writer by the way), shared a post on “When I’m 64″, a few weeks back and it struck a chord.
We are the same age and shared many of the same thoughts when we were 15(the age we were when the song was released in 1967)
I don’t think I ever thought much about being 64 when I heard the Beatles sing the song. If I did, it was to think that 64 was soooo old.
But I have made it to 64 and have learned a lot along the way. Here are 10 things I never would have imagined about myself at 64, when I was 15.
*That I would marry twice, have 3 children, 5 stepchildren and 5 grandchildren
*That though I knew I wanted to be a teacher, that I would teach 36 years and then retire at 61.
*That I would lose my Dad at 20 and my Mom 36 years later
*That I would live and teach in faraway places and love it. The 15 year old me planned to stay close to home.
*That I would donate a kidney to my husband (who I married at 50!)
*That I would be more accepting of and less self-conscious of my body.
*That I wouldn’t act old! (even if I do feel a bit old some of the time)
*That I would still love to read, love music, writing, taking photos, playing games.
*That I would call myself an artist and a writer.
*That I would be estranged from my siblings. That is one of the biggest shockers my 15 yr. old self would not expect.