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May 24, 2017


I Just Realized I’m Old

In honor of my mom, @Lois Batten’s birthday I’m reposting this one. She’s still the bomb diggity.

Life Stories and Beyond

By Lisa Batten KunklemanIMG_2457IMG_4075

“Lisa I just realized I’m old. How did that happen?” Mom says.

I say, “Beats me. You may be up there chronologically but you sure don’t act it. You and Betty White are ‘Da Bomb Diggity’.”

Today is Mom’s birthday. Number eighty-something. Unbelievable. She can’t believe it either. If nobody let on about her age, people would continue thinking she is much younger than her octogenarian status, confirmed only by her birth certificate.

As it is, we use her age to shock folks who are chattering away, to her or in her presence, about So and So who is really elderly, and still driving.


They chat on not knowing they are talking to a contemporary of the “elderly” person they’re mentioning.

“Well, I’m almost eighty-eight,” Mom tosses out with a smile.

The conversation stops while the speaker stares at her in disbelief. “You’re not serious…

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22 thoughts on “I Just Realized I’m Old

  1. Aunt Lois told me a very long time ago, “I’m not very old, but I have such old children!!” I have used that quote a lot!! Thank you, Aunt Lois:)

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  2. Your mum is gorgeous. What an inspiration.

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  3. Age is an attitude!

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  4. What an awesome post and amazing woman. Happy belated birthday to your mum. 💖😊

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  5. My dad won the oldest father award at his church yesterday… a mug with the inscription, “this is what a chill dad looks like.” He was tickled by the gift!

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  6. She’s a pure inspiration. 🙂

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  7. The Time magazine had an article about longevity years ago. After they interview 4 people who lived beyond 100 years old. They concluded that the common traits of these 4 people are: diet, activity, optimism, and community. The latest “healthy aging” added one more element – new learning, to keep the neurons active. That’s what I’m doing. I’m taking 2 to 3 classes every semester at a program held at State University in 26 States in this country. I don’t know if NC has one. the program was found by Osher. So the name of the program is OLLI ( Osher Lifelong Learning Institute)
    Your mom is still looking good and so cared about people around her! belated hay birthday to your mom!

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    • Thanks so much. The classes sound like a great idea. I take writing classes and am in the Charlotte Singers choral which makes us constantly stretch our brains learning complicated parts (as in soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and I’m soon planning to start taking piano lessons again. I took all through school but want to play well. We’ll see how much new learning this brain can take. I’ll check out the OLLI. Sounds interesting. Oh and my mother is an artist and loves to use her IPad. Both good learning brain stretchers.

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  8. Oh, don’t click on my gravatar. It’s not working right. It takes you to my old site that is supposed to be locked up (turned private). You have access to my new site, continue to use that. Thank you!


  9. Your Mom looks absolutely beautiful. Good for her to be on an Ipad, exploring and continuing to learn is what keeps us young at heart. Happy Birthday to her.

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  10. Belated Happy Birthday to your Mom, Lisa! She looks wonderful! And I had to laugh when you wrote about how people react disbelieving to her age – how wonderful! Age truly is an attitude. 🙂

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