Antiquarian Anabaptist

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

How did I get so old, so fast?

elderly_mancaneMy cousin Ted turned 76 today. No, that’s not Ted in the picture. It looks more like me, except that I can still stand up straight and I’m not nearly that skinny — yet. I’m working on it, but it’s coming pretty slow.

There was a day when I believed that anyone past thirty was over the hill. In the spring of 1971 I was the manager of a country grain elevator in Manitoba. A semi load of bagged fertilizer pulled in just after supper one day; I think the driver was about 20. We got to work and unloaded that trailer, then had a beer before he left. I remember him remarking that he would have to tell his friends that he had met this 29 year old guy and he still seemed young! I remember it like it was yesterday. After all, it was only… let me see now… it was only 43 years ago.

A lot of water has gone under the bridge in those years — I still have more hair than the guy in the picture, but it’s white now. So is my beard. And I don’t drink beer anymore. You can read my last post to find out why.

I’m still 3 1/2 years younger than Ted, but that doesn’t seem like much anymore. We’re both past the best before date of threescore years and ten mentioned by Moses.However, it took Moses until he was eighty to dsicover his calling in life, perhaps there is still work for us old folks to do in God’s kingdom. At any rate there are still things to learn, even at this age.

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One response to “How did I get so old, so fast?

  1. Adam W July 27, 2014 at 15:51

    Recently after a meal my wife and I were loitering quietly at the table… Nora broke the silence with a question. How did we got so old? I hear many people making comments as if getting old is a negative thing. I had a brother-in-law that never made it to 36. He had what we term as an “untimely” death in an accident. In my mind he is 36 years old… never mind his widow is 60. We so want to be young! Ponce-De-Leon was seeking the never-to-be-found fountain of youth too. Denial of our age does not stem the progression of time. Today in Sunday school someone used the term of life as a “70 to 80 year engagement” to Christ. As I grow older I understand better what Apostle Paul meant when he said “for me to live is Christ, but to die is gain. Let us look for the city not made with hands.

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