Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Golden Years


For some, it is very difficult having reached the age past one’s so-called youthful stage, although it doesn’t necessarily restrict the fact that old age is also a period of completion and fulfillment. Everyone is headed towards the same direction, where growing out a gray hair is just part of the process, the receding memory becomes more understandable much less amusing, and the circle closes in as we become children back again. The signs of aging are never unalarming as the children of their parents supposedly welcome a more considerate, thoughtful approach towards them, and, more often, have to yield to their own wishes.

I find it funny that I to have to write something about old age as an introduction. My mother just celebrated her 50th birthday a week ago and my father his 51st last July. Ironically, I don’t want to tag them as an old, aged pair that has brought me to life, you can call me in denial all you want because they are still young as I wish them as they are. I just love forgetting their age perhaps, and both of them still remain active in their endeavors, and still they can sing their favorite karaoke tunes. My mother loves The Carpenters, and my father just can sing anything including the contemporary, which makes us all children laugh out, not to our surprise, as he belts out the songs of our generation. He always tries hard to be at par with us children, in a good way, especially now that he does email.

I just love the sight of them grow together. Their love story inspires their children even more. How many high school sweethearts ended up as husband and wife?

I am as well blessed to have not once seen them get into a real fight or throw a piece out of an argument or a disagreement. They still manage to wave the white flag after talking it through.

True, they are imperfect beings, but their child is here thankful for everything. He will tell their story forever until his memory fails him.

Image: Cebu City, Philippines

38 comments:

  1. @chubskulit: Your little angels I'm sure are lucky to have you. ;)

    Thanks!

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  2. wow consider yourself lucky! Not many relationships stand the test of time like that.

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  3. @Jes2sica: Yeah, actually I do. Fortunately, they did it. Thanks! ;)

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  4. this is so beautifully written ^^
    you're blessed to have such lovely parents!
    and we're only as young as our hearts are :)

    p.s. thanks for following
    xxx

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  5. @Manju: Right! I appreciate your comment! It inspires the blogspot writer here to write evermore! :)

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  6. Such a wonderful post. You are lucky to have a parent that was so sweet. Imagine a 50 years. =D Congrats for lasting their relationship that long. And more years to come! =D

    Summer
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

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  7. @Summer: I guess they just complement each other perfectly. My mother is an introvert while my father is the other way. He's so loud. Hehe! Thanks Summer! ;)

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  8. i sure hope you will,coz im looking forward to reading more of your blog ^^
    and since ive loved what i've read so far, you have two awards waiting for you, check out my blog :)

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  9. @Manju: Wow! A big THANK YOU to you! :)

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  10. What a cute post.

    Age is but a number we place on our time on earth. Our bodies were not meant to live forever so they must deteriorate or mature at an aging cycle.

    However our minds are most definitely another matter. We can choose to age or not to age in our minds. It is our own thoughts that will determine our mindful aging.
    I prefer to stay young at heart and in mind...thank you very much:)

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  11. Such a great blog! ;D I would love to visit here always. And oh, send my greeting to your parents. Happy 50th Anniversary to them. ;D


    April
    Stories from a Teenage Mom
    Mom On the Run

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  12. Hello ! Lovely post - thank you for sharing it. I really enjoyed looking through your site today - best wishes and lovely to meet you !

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  13. You're lucky and they're lucky. Something so hard to find. :)

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  14. @Dorothy: I totally agree with you! There's always a choice about the way you play with age in your mind. ;)

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  15. @Basyon: Wow, thank you! I'll pass this on to them. :)

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  16. @Elise: Right back at you! Thank you! ;)

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  17. @peenkfrik: Yeah! Hope I'll have a good find myself very soon. ;)

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  18. Belated Happy Birthday to both your Mom & Dad.Ü Bloghopping from Marly's. Happy Weekend!

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  19. @r u s s: Wow, thank you! Enjoy the weekend! ;)

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  20. Bleated Happy Birthday to both of them. Wish them more birthdays to come, more blessings and good health always.

    Have a wonderful weekend

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  21. @eden: Many thanks to you! Happy weekend! :)

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  22. Happy birthday to your parents. They were not old, really. My mother is already a Senior citizen, and I still feel that she's not old. :) It all depends in ones attitude I bet.

    Good that your parents were able to live long to share 'the rest of their lives with'. I am so sorry for my mother that my father had to go ahead in heaven.

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  23. @odds and ends: I'm sorry to hear that. But I'm sure he's happy up there because you take good care of your mom, his wife. Thanks for the greetings. ;)

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  24. Great post from a son to his parents..

    They are truly blessed to have you bro.. By the way, Happy 50th bday to your mother!!!

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  25. happy birthday belated to your mother! ^_^ YOur parents are so blessed to have a child like you.

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  26. Is it hard to be philosophical in your non-native language? You write very well, considering you are not English :)

    I think the concept of age being 'relative' or merely a 'consideration' is most obvious with our parents. I've seen 60 year olds acting like children around their 85 year old parents.

    I'm also blessed to have parents in a stable relationship. I hope I can give my kids -- when they come -- the same benefit :)

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  27. aaww...this is so nice of you, I'm sure your parents are proud to have you as a child...I like happy love stories!^^

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  28. My Mom loves The Carpenters too, I think it's sweet you dedicated a post for her. Happy birthday to her :)

    ps. thanks for adding me in 20sb.

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  29. @sweet_shelo: Thank you! My mother never had as much greetings as now. :)

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  30. @Meryl (proud pinay): My mother has a lot of "thank you" letters to you guys! Ha ha! Thank you! ;)

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  31. @Sebastian: At times it is. But going philosphical in writing should come easily if I have something to say. I'm sure your parents are comfortable in their lives having you. They're blessed to have you. :) Thanks for the comment! :)

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  32. @Sassy Scribbles: Happy love stories, happy endings. We are always tempted to float in a dream. :)

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  33. @Andhari: Oh, that makes the two of them! Thanks for welcoming me too in 20SB. Wow, you're a celebrity. Just realized that recently. :)

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  34. Absolutely beautiful and rare. I love the thought of them:)

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  35. @Cindy: Thanks for the comment! I appreciate it! :)

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