How Will I Know When I’ve Grown Old?

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How will I know when I’ve grown old?
With the passage of time I might be respected for my deep wisdom
Or I might be patronized for acting too much like a child
And forgotten in a home that was not of my choosing.

If I were a glass of wine with the passage of time
My vintage might be valued for its bouquet
Or reviled for its sour notes
And poured down the kitchen drain.

If I were a piece of furniture with the passage of time
I might be cherished as an antique
Or I might be discarded for being broken down
And put at the curb to be hauled away.

If I were a statuary with the passage of time
I’d be draped in a rich patina and venerated for my lasting beauty
Or I might be deemed outdated
And placed in storage and forgotten.

And, if I were an automobile with the passage of time
I might be prized as a classic
Or I might be disposed of in a junk yard
And titled a useless pile of scrap.

What will I be, my love,
With the passage of time?
How will you see me?
How will I know when I’ve grown old?

© photo and words by Pamela Ferris-Olson

January 18, 2014

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3 thoughts on “How Will I Know When I’ve Grown Old?

    1. In my academic study of communication it is not only the young misunderstand the plight of the elderly but the elderly who forget the plight of the young. It is important that we respect all stages of life. My words and photos are meant to celebrate all. Thanks for reading.

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