You know you are old when…
You know you are old
when the dinner is cooked by your grandson
and you sit back and smile
when a glass half full of wine is enough
to fill you with goodwill
when you break a silly little rule
and do not give a stuff
when a stranger listens with intent
to whatever you divulge
when you think “it’s now or never”
and take the plunge
when you get brownie points for doing cartwheels
or climbing trees
when you’ve forgotten how to hold a grudge
no matter how shocking the crime
when you know how it feels
to be calm and a little bit wise.
What other POSITIVE clues would you add to this poem? as in what GOOD signs that you are old in a GOOD way? (I’m over those black “jokes” that start “you know you are old i.e. over the hill when…”)
Drawing and poem CC BY 2.0 Rachel McAlpine — if you like them, please share.
18 thoughts on “You know you are old when…”
A sweet poem. We are not old but experienced and knowledgeable.
Me, I am old and so far that’s fine.
I liked this post and forwarded to my OLDER sister!😉
Cool! Not the usual meme.
How about “…when you’ve learned to stop taking offense and to give the benefit of the doubt”?
Nice one and true and today, for me, timely.
You know you are old when you struggle to hold a grudge and know the second piece of fudge will mean you can’t sleep 🙂
I like the first part—so positive—and it’s rather like what Donna says. Sorry about your problem with fudge.
You know you’re getting old, when after a night of marital bliss, in the morning you’re offered more of this, and you both agree to settle for a cup of tea…
I think you are building up to your own riff! A cup of tea sounds delightful.
You know you are old when you finally appreciate the way you look and are amused to think how long it took. ☺️
A brilliant thought about out brilliant bodies for staying with us through thick and thin.
When you forgot your anniversary which I just did today!
When you are still using the items that are brought to Antiques Road Show for appraisal.
And this is a really good thing, right?
You know you are old when post office assistant looks bewildered when you are surprised that you have not worked out to go on to the internet to register for “RealMe”. – And you are puzzled because you only heard of it two nights ago.
I don’t think I’m old enough because I just borrowed my friend’s Toyota manual and I must have stalled about eight times. Linda ( southpaw)