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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Red Dress Diary: #10 -- Time Is On Our Side!

Mad Dog's gettin' married! Every Friday we're reading from her "secret" diary as the big day approaches! Shhh... Here's entry 10:

Time is on Our Side
Shortly after Tom and I became serious, friends and family members began to ask us when we were getting married. We wanted to take things slowly, particularly since I was a widow dealing with some complex emotions. People would say things like, "But you are older. You don't have much time left, you know."

I disagree. Maybe we don't have fifty years of marriage to look forward to, but we do have time--more than we ever had in our younger relationships.

We are not juggling responsibilities, trying to find the balance between being good providers, great parents and worthwhile employees. We are no longer struggling to squeeze a few hours into our hectic schedules to see friends or have a "date night." Sadly, we also don't have to deal with in-laws or taking care of elderly parents. We have fewer distractions and more time to devote to our relationship.

We may not have the quantity we did years ago, but now we have quality time to spend with each other. So time really is on our side.

Melinda (Mad Dog)

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Eileen Williams said...

I absolutely agree about the time thing. It's another gift of growing older. Also, as we age, we get more discerning about how we choose to spend our time. I'm so, so, so much better about saying "no" to unwanted activities and I don't waste nearly as many precious minutes getting upset about things that are ultimately trivial. Yep, as the song says, we do have time on our side. Enjoy it with your special honey!

WOOFers said...

Eileen--you are so right. I now understand the "older but wiser" phrase. We do make better decisions about how to spend our time. There are truly some advantages to growing older, and this is one of them!


mbiah said...

I am more aware of time now, and I give great consideration as to how I will spend it. I refuse to rush.

WOOFers said...

Oh yes. Time is so important and I don't like to rush either. No point in doing that when we can take our time and smell the roses!