(shared by Rose Pacatte, Diane De Ava, April 20, 2010)
Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7,000 per month.
My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where the hell he is.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
I have to walk early in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.
I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks. Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.
Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.
The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, ‘Well, she looks good doesn’t she.’
If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.
I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years … just getting over the hill.
Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.
We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
You could walk this over to your friends but heck, just e-mail it to them!
I remember being toted by my blue (or violet) haired granma Mimi to the Indian River Shrine “The World’s Tallest Crucifix” . It was HUGE, and there were 28 steps leading to the top of the hill. Each step contained a relic of a particular saint. Trouble was, the spiritually inclined would take the stairs on their knees, bowing, kissing the relic and saying a prayer, then pop up and struggle for the next step.
Picture me, say 5 years old, following a long line of granma behinds, 28 ahead of me, climbing, bowing, kissing, praying. It’s a memory I will never forget. Being mooned by those 1954 ladies in dresses, rolled down socks, girdle and corset ablaze, burnt into my mind. I think that’s when I decided the only safe place was to be at the 28th step. Year after year. ‘Be first and thou shalt moon all others behind you.” The motto helps me a lot today.
To learn more about The Cross in the Woods, Indian River, MI see their website www.CrossInTheWoods.org It really is lovely – of course I’m viewing it from the 28th step. ;o)
Papa, lead us through our fears and tears, to laughter. Aging is only for the brave, but living with those aging or with terminal illness, makes saints. “Life is too important to take seriously” has been attributed to Oscar Wilde and John Lennon. But they are words of wisdom.