Prompted by Meme Express.
'Poor thing! In her Second Childhood!'
I can see it in your eyes.......
There was a time when the elderly were considered sage and wise.
When they'd sit in the ingle-nook, supreme, and children would ask advice!
But now we're considered 'past it' and, in a way, 'not nice'!
I would love to have dressed in bombazine (such a satisfying name!)
But, looking back, I realise, that that way of life was tame.
For a 'second childhood' means, these days, 'childhood second time around'.
The changes, over the decades, have been really quite profound.
Adult responsibilities weaken and then fade;
We're no longer straining at the leash, trying to make the grade.
We get up any time of day; we can go to bed at noon,
We can drink red wine for breakfast and eat peas from a spoon!
Monday may be our bridge day, Tuesday we're at Tai Chi,
Wednesday we're off on a coach trip to the city or the sea!
Thursday, we're playing Scrabble, or studying Chinese!
Friday we're at a cooking class learning different ways with cheese!
On Saturday a dinner-party date is quite inviting,
And on Sunday, we're at the theatre, often in charge of lighting.
Nothing is very important; we laugh an awful lot,
Even at the Book Group, discussing a gruesome plot!
So don't look down your noses, and never look askance!
For you are on the treadmill! We're leading a merry dance!
And never dread old age, my dears! It isn't bad at all!
Look forward to Second Childhood!
You'll be Playful and have a ball!