Thursday, April 4, 2013


Who says what is

It's all in your perspective, true?

Last week Mr. PV and I were driving through Stinnett from a meeting
and on a street we passed an OLD man
he could barely walk, stepping one foot forward and then meeting it with the other
his wheelbarrow was full of rocks

I had to chuckle because I have felt that feeling many times during the reno of 822
with my own wheelbarrow full of rocks
first here out of the way, next here out of that way and on it goes


Barkley Street is very busy as it is a vein from school to school and to downtown
I'm so sure many people have driven by this house and seen me
with my wheelbarrow full of rocks

I have to chuckle because I'm sure the youngsters think
"look at that old can she even lift that wheelbarrow full of rocks?"
the oldsters think
"look at that kiddo working so hard on that house with her own bare hands"

and to each I say
this is middle age
I am in the middle, young to many, old to many

 I found a new hero the day I saw that
he could have been sitting on his porch
but instead
he was pushing a wheelbarrow full of rocks
step by step
to somewhere they needed to be


Marissa said...

Just think.... When it is all over with and done..
how much you did and how worth every little rock, every decision, every tear, every twist and turn ..
how you created your very own dream home.
That is admirable!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Marissa is right....that is admirable!

Maureen said...

You nailed exactly how I have been feeling! Do I keep filling the wheelbarrow or is it starting to get ridiculous to keep tackling jobs that are better left to youth? Shovels and wheelbarrows are a habit with me!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I always just do the job I've always done...then am reminded the next morning that I am not as quick to recover as I used to be! LOL

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I am a firm believer that "old" is simply a state of mind :)

NanaDiana said...

Very challenging to the thinking, isn't it? Each of those little life decisions in that wheelbarrow add up..and even with a wheelbarrow full we just keep trudging along- xo Diana

Rustic Vintage Country said...

A big thumbs up to the 'old man' x

Stacy Curran said...

My parents still refer to us as "kids" and think we are so young - true that it is all relative!

designchic said...

Such a great reminder, and a wonderful inspiration!!

Annmarie Pipa said...

my husband says we are as young as we feel...whatever that means.

carolyn bradford said...

What a fabulous post!!! This made my day!! After sitting in the waiting room in the hospital this past Tuesday with all my in laws friends…I have an entirely new respect for old age! I am young in their eyes! I need to just hang around THEM!! My father in law had a pretty serious surgery…and he had at least 15 friends in the waiting room at all times….it was a glorious day for me because I saw an entirely different side of them. ONe that I will never forget and one that I will always appreciate! Thanks for this post! It actually made my year!

Heather - New House New HOme said...

As I get closer to 60, I'm realizing that OLD is a sliding scale. There are times I feel 80 and times I feel 25 - sometimes in the span of one day.

You're old to your kids, young to your parents and perfect to your spouse.

Pick up those rocks, rake that pile of leaves, haul that vacumn around the house.....keep young, keep moving. Those that don't are OLD no matter their real age.

Sarajan (Jan to friends!) said...

You said it so eloquently - some days it's just about putting one foot ahead of the other. Very inspiring post! Thanks so much, Jan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!! And glory be to Him who gives us the will to push, push and push until we become strong. I loved this; you have a poetic quality my dear!! So good to see you, Anita

Geneva said...

I can't imagine this could have been said any better. Love It!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hope you've had a good weekend!

Laura said...

This is a very interesting thing to consider.

After working in the yard all day,
every muscle in my body is screaming.

But my heart is willing.

What to do?

Great post friend,

White Spray Paint

StagerLinda said...

Very thought provoking! Ditto what Tina said.

Curtains in My Tree said...

Good for the old man

I like the double picture of the younger lady and now, her eyes are the same