I just finished sweeping and Swiffer-mopping my bathroom floor; also swept the hall and about half the dining room. And I’m pooped. Such a tiny little bit of housework, and I need to rest before I make lunch.
This is directed at my younger self as much as to any of you who still have tons of energy and no hinky backs. I wish I had been more thankful back then. I chased four kids, cooked and baked, and did laundry in a wringer washer. Lugged in groceries to feed the six of us, lugged my vacuum up and down the stairs, changed the beds, scrubbed the toilet, sink and tub EVERY week, did a lot of sewing, PLUS I was a substitute teacher at UBCS, taught Sunday school, organized women’s meetings, and led a women’s soul-winning group, and later on I taught full time. I was rarely tired to the point of needing to sit down. And I’m afraid I took it all for granted, not realizing that it wouldn’t always be that way.
Now? Half-an-hour of light cleaning, and I need to rest before I make lunch. Good grief.
Partly this is due to the debility that comes with having a degenerating spine. It limits so much! Can’t bend, lift, or even do simple exercises like sit-ups. Walking is sometimes painful, always slow.
Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not complaining. It’s just what IS at this stage of my life. I’m 74, after all. I surely didn’t expect to be this helpless at this age, but there it is. I’m thankful for Terry, who does most of the grocery shopping and pitches in to cook when I’m just not up to it. But I can’t manage a houseful of company the way I used to, and that makes me so sad.
My point here? If you are young and full of pep, be thankful! If you are older and have no physical debility that has robbed you of pep, be thankful! And if, like me, your body has decided to mess with your energy, be thankful for what you used to be able to do. Also, be thankful if you have a husband like mine, who is often, to be trite, the wind beneath my wings. If you have kids old enough to get under the household chores, teach them well and make sure they know how important they are when they are your hands, feet, legs, and back.
Okay. I’m going to go put together a salad for lunch. I think I can do that without needing to visit the ER 🙂