Last week I went on a beautiful trip to Ireland and it was a real walk down Memory Lane. As a kid I lived in Ireland with my family for 13 years. My parents bought a cheap old house up on a hill out on the peninsula of Howth, a area near Dublin. We four kids lived outdoors in the summer, swam in the sea every day, sailed our little dingy with friends, had picnics in the fields and sleptin a little hut up on the top terrace of the garden. If our father had been less violent and angry, we would have lived an enchanted life there. Even so, as I get older, the childhood hurts throb less and the memories of the good things resurface!
The reason for my visit last week was to go to a 35th high school graduation party, to stay with my youngest sister who still lives in Dublin, to visit places i hadīnt seen in years and to catch up with old friends. I hadīnt been to Ireland for 5 years and was really missing it!
My sister kindly picked me up at the airport and offered to drive me out to the restaurant in Howth where the celebration was taking place. We drove around the hill, saw our old house now up for sale for a rediculous sum of money, delighted in the fabulous views over Dublin Bay and ended up at the Summit Inn for a drink and a chat - it was a lovely start to my little holiday!
Later on we drove down to the harbour and Ruth let me out at the Aqua Restaurant there. About 40 former school mates came to the reunion - we are all about 52 years old now, so appearances had definitely changed within the last 5 years - balding heads, squishy bellies, wrinkles gone viral etc. etc. in a lot of the menīs department and sagging asses, overdone make-up and weight gain in a lot of the ladies unfortunately.
I would say that about 25% of the people who were there, were really taking care of their health. They stood out in the crowd not just because they were slimmer than their peers, but because they had a glow about them, a spring in their step that had nothing to do with age. They worked in different professions, had wildly differing incomes but they all enjoyed hiking, or swimming, or playing hockey, dancing, walking or Pilates and yoga. They were also interested in good, whole foods. What really struck me, was that there was only 1 single person in the room who was skinny as a kid and will be a skinny old lady at the end of her life on the merit of her genes alone - everyone else had to really work at it!
I was relieved and excited that I belonged to this latter group - I look older and wiser than 5 years ago, but I am also fitter and more healthy today!
Thank you Spark People and all itīs members for that special glow!