I walk with a limp now, take stairs one at a time sideways
feel the earth move if I don’t look out of the right trifocal
listen deliberately and think over my replies so I don’t do
harm. I get in the car and sit until I feel it’s alright to go.
I have a check list I go through before I start the engine
before I drive away. I take a mental list in a restaurant
with me to be sure I come out with the same objects. I stop
before I enter a store, note where my car is parked again
before walking in and memorize the items around
the entry door so I can remember it when it’s time to exit.
Life in my 60’s finds me more deliberate by necessity.
I change what I can and adjust to what I can’t. I
prepare for old age slowly.
Nov 17, 2009