When You’re Young At Heart…

Fairy Tales, can come true, it can happen to you. If you’re young at heart. For it’s hard, you will find, to be narrow of mind. If you’re young at heart. When you can go to extremes, with impossible schemes. You can laugh, when your dreams fall apart, at the seams. And life, gets more exciting with each passing day. And love is either in your heart, or on its way.  Don’t you know that it’s worth every treasure on earth?  To be young at heart.

And if you survive to 105. Look at all you’ll derive out of being alive! And here is the best part, you have a head start. If you are among the very young at heart.

In a striking turnaround, science now sees optimism and pessimism not as good or bad outlooks you’re born with. But as mind-sets to adopt as situations demand.  Sure, you could look at life purely rationally, but without optimism or pessimism, you might not do much.

I loved it when my children were young. I’ve never been so tired, or had as much fun. Like all women it didn’t matter what I did .Women, never seemed to agree on what made for a “Happy Mom”. I wonder if there was a recipe called “Happy Moms.” What would the ingredients be?   It seems like “Moms” have a million expectations to live up to. Don’t they?  

It doesn’t seem to matter what age we are there are constant reminders of the choices we have to make or have made. When we are young, time seems to pass by slowly. We thought, we had all the answers. Didn’t we? It seems to me. That I knew more at the age of twenty-two, than I do now.

 When we were young it was all about the “when’s.” When they learn to crawl,walk and run. When they start school. When they get a job. When they fall in love. And just wait until they have their own children. Oh! yes, when we were young, it was all  about the future. And it seemed like we have all the time in the world. Didn’t it?  

Then we became grandmothers and the years just seemed like the flew by.  Suddenly the “when s” return. When they learn to crawl, stand, walk and run.  Along with the when’s, the fun and excitement returns. Doesn’t it?  I’m sure that my grandkids feel, that I’m bit odd.

Sometimes it seems like occasionally I catch them giving me a sarcastic glance that seems to say, “Really”  you’re doing that?  And other times their glances seem to say, ” She’s old” we must be the patient with her. Their little legs walk as slowly as my old legs. And their fresh eyes see things, that I have ignored for years.

It’s been said, That being young at heart, is not about your age but it’s a state of mind. I find that’s true. I hope you do too. The recipe for what makes for a “Happy Mom” is still being written. Or did “Betty Crocker” write it?  Maybe! Mom’s get to pretend to be like “Betty” and create their own “Mom” recipe?. Like the lyrics say,  Fairy Tales can come true. It can happen to you!

 

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The Song In Dreams By Roy Orbison

 A dream is an especially difficult thing to describe and dreams aren’t concrete until they come to pass.

 Before then they are like clouds and when both of us look at a cloud you may see one thing while I see another. And the picture you see in one moment may quickly change when the first wind comes along.

 As time goes by-a day, a week, or a year-you may not even remember what you saw. That’s why they say one way to make you dream more concrete is to write it down the second it comes to you because it can flee as fast as it comes. When it comes to giving voice and life to their dreams most people need some help.

Roy Orbison is an American singer-songwriter and he is well-known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads.

The Words To Roy Orbison’s song “In Dreams” for the ones we love and are gone.

In Dreams a candy colored clown they call the Sandman. Tiptoes to my room every night just to sprinkle star-dust and to whisper: ” Go to sleep, everything is alright” I close my eyes then I drift away into the magic night. I softly say oh, smile and pray Like dreamers do. Then I fall asleep to dream my dreams of you, in dreams…I walk with you. In dreams…I talk to you.

In dreams your mine all the time we’re together In dreams… In dreams. But just before the dawn I awake and find you gone. I can’t help it …I can’t help it. If I cry. I remember that you said goodbye to end all these things and I’ll be happy in my dreams. Only in dreams in beautiful dreams I love to dream especially when I have a beautiful dream about someone I love. Don’t you?

Baby Sonograms Have Become Keepsakes…

The beginning of a baby’s life can be captured on sonograms. I think that is pretty awesome. Making a college of girls and boys sonograms can be a fun way to create a keepsake.

A photo of a sonograms also reminds me how advanced technology is. We seem to take technology for granted these days. Don’t we? I remember when the first photo of a baby was taken after they were born and having to wait until they were born to find out if they were a girl or a boy. We sure have come along way haven’t we?

Have you noticed that even with so much stress in families day-to-day lives they haven’t forgotten to stop look around and recognize there is happiness all around them? Thanks to cell phones with cameras, camcorders, small compact cameras and social net works like face book and picasa web albums on google.com grandparents get to see their family’s photos and thanks to check in on face book they can be notified when their grandchildren are at a school play or a school foot ball game. I am a very grateful for all the techy gadgets that grand parents have available to them to use now days. Isn’t technology wonderful when it is used in a good way? It sure does help to keep us grandparents connected to our families more than any other generation.

I wonder what sonograms will be like a decade from now? How will moms and dads be sharing their first photos of their little boys or girls with us in the future?  I wonder what new and grand opportunities technology will offer us in the next ten years?

Women Aren’t Perfect…

 It’s a new day twenty-century grandmothers are a new kind of breed. I know – I am one. Look around you and you will see that Baby Boomers are changing the face of grandparents. Many have discretionary income and are shrewd in the ways of the world.

Yes, Baby Boomers have a lot of experience and wisdom to share. To state the obvious we are rich in years. Years of love, laughter, joy, sadness, trails, and temptations many years, many lessons.

We’ve seen a lot, from the invention of the television to the landing on the moon, from laptops to smart phones.  Baby Boomers are empowered by the fact that we have become the single largest economic group in the United States today. We are educated and increasingly well-preserved. Our social cultural and economic impact on our country has been unprecedented in history.

They can afford spending money on life’s little luxuries. Don’t be surprised when you see Baby Boomer’s hop on their motorcycles to take a road trip or find them spending an evening in front of their fifty inch flat screen T.V. home theater system or booking a trip to Paris. I am convinced Baby Boomers are at the early stages of what promises to be a long-term  and lucrative love affair with life. They aren’t just writing a new chapter of their lives they’re writing brand new books.

If you’re a first time grandmother, beloved veteran, or a grandma in waiting, you have at one time or another felt the impact, of being part of the  Baby Boomer generation. Like me you might have realised that it doesn’t matter how well-educated you are, how many children you have raised, or how many books you have read about parenting, that in some ways you feel like you are a sham.

Oh! I don’t mean to offend anyone, but do you just find yourself shaking your head and wondering how you did it all?  I sure do! Do you agree that some women just can’t admit they didn’t do it all? I think that the reason some Nana’s are a sham is because they never admitted that they didn’t have it all together when they were young mothers. And they are not about to admit they don’t have it all together as grandmothers either. I can’t help but wonder if this commercial had something to do with the perfect mother and grandmother syndrome.

Do you remember the retro commercial Enjoli ? ” I’m a Woman” it was popular in the 1980’s. It goes something like this: I can put the wash on the line, feed the kids, get dressed and hand out the kiss’ and get to work  nine to five cause I’m a woman. Enjoli the new eight-hour perfume for the twenty-four hour woman.  I can bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan and never, never let you forget you’re a man.

So as young mothers if we were all that, then being a grandmother should be like a walk in the park. Or is all just a sham?  I wonder! Maybe we can’t do it all, and it would be better to admit it. It’s hard for women, to allow the  people in our lives to lend a helping hand. I wonder! How much of a role does the media play in our lives?

To Pursue A Dream Is The Belief That We Can

To pursue a dream is the belief that we can and the resolve that we will plus making a plan to make it happen.

The other day while browsing through Books A Million and I noticed that there’s a lot of books written to challenge, inspire, and direct us on how to pursue our dreams. The authors are trying to move us from just merely thinking about our dreams to start living them.

Women of all ages are not just merely thinking about their dreams but they are making them come true.  A dream can especially difficult thing to describe and they aren’t concrete until they come to pass before then they are like clouds. When both of us look at a cloud you may see one thing while I see another. 

 And the picture you see in one moment may quickly change when the first wind comes along. As time goes by-a day, a week, or a year-you may not even remember what you once saw. Let’s face it when it comes to giving a voice and life to our dreams most of us need some help.

There are many speakers and authors who talk about dreams and using what I consider to be smoke and mirrors because they make claims such as “If you can dream it, you can do it. ” Not true! If that was true we would have all achieved the unachievable. 

However there are dreams that are realistic and that can come true. Nobody wanders his or her way to a dream. It seems to me that when ever a dream is achieved the person puts their dream to a test by asking and answering questions such as this one; Who would be the person in the world most pleased if I accomplished my dream. Bingo!  When was the last time you valued your own opinion over the opinions of others?

 Most dreams end once they we shared with others who are not like-minded. Aren’t they? How many times we have an idea, dream or vision and failed to pursue it because of others opinions? 

 I enjoy stories about people like Thomas Edison and Walt Disney. When we think about Thomas Edison we think of the electric light bulb. Here are some words of  inspiration from Thomas Edison. I am not discouraged because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.   

 “Walt Disney Quotes” have been accessed by Millions of people from hundreds of Countries and this just goes to show that people all over the world enjoy having their imaginations sparked. Doesn’t it? Walt Disney was a man who is an example of someone who pursed his dreams. This is one of his quotes  “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”