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Elder Orphans

"Are you lonesome tonight

Do you miss me tonight?

Are you sorry we drifted apart?

Does your memory stray to a bright summer day,

When I kissed you and called you sweetheart?"

-Elvis Presley

Loneliness is something we each experience alone, but it is experienced by all of us at one time or another...or now. I am sad that my loved ones are gone, or at least, living far away. But, I am rarely lonely. I keep in contact with my family and I have many wonderful friends. I have my health which allows me to spend time with those I care about and enjoy being with.

"Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare?

Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there?

Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again?

Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight?"

-Elvis Presley

Listening to a podcast today, about aging, was an eye-opener for me. The speaker described Elder Orphans as those who live alone, not by choice, but by circumstance. Their children have moved away and moved on with their lives. Due to increasing age and decreasing health, Elder Orphans often become unwilling hermits.

I began to think about my future. You know what I mean. When aging wins and stamina loses. I am formulating, in my mind at least, a plan for my twilight years. If you look, there are positive options out there. Meanwhile, life here will be lived as fully as possible so that I can store up more memories to carry me through to the end...when I finally have to say, in the words of Mr. Scott, "I just can't do it (anymore) Captain!"

Now, I have one thing to say to you young ones. Call Your Mother!

My Mom, at age 90

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