I went shopping with a friend today. While I am just 30 or 40 miles outside of two major cities, depending on which way I go, I wanted to shop with someone who could appreciate what I was shopping for (horse related, of course) so I drove 90 miles to go shopping in a city closer to my friend. I am sure both of our husbands were scratching their head over it; they won’t ever get it even if we explain it to them over and over again.
Driving home those 90 miles, I stumbled across an oldies radio station (gosh, isn’t there a better word?) that must have been reading my personal play list. The Eagles, John Denver, a little Springsteen and even Meatloaf thrown into the mix. I knew the words to every song as well as I did back then.
“Glory days well they'll pass you by
Glory days in the wink of a young girl's eye
Glory days, glory days”
I thought about my own sons; the oldest going into his senior year this fall. Youth. Its such a grand thing and I am pretty sure he thinks he will have it forever and I am equally sure he thinks I have lost my youth and given in to age.
“Though it’s cold and lonely in the deep, dark night…. I can see paradise by the dashboard light.”
I have a secret to tell my son. I may have aged and I’ve long since stopped wearing bikinis, but my hair color hasn’t changed since I first discovered this color at age 18. When I have to put on my mom hat, I may appear to be a bit crotchety, but when I am on a horse or even out in the barn, I feel every bit as young as he does. Youth is wonderful. But it has little to do with a particular age or driving fast and running hard. It has to do with how it feels in your heart.
I just thought I’d share that little revelation with you.