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Refusing to Feel Old Today

Thursday, April 18, 2013

When my daughter told me she found 5 grey hairs, it was like I went into denial. I've been grey for quite some time and quit coloring 8 years ago. I've accepted that I'm a grey-headed older woman. I love being a grandmother; I don't mind looking like one. But my little girl? How could she have grey hairs?? This just cannot be. Oh, I know. I was 32 years old when I had my one and only child so I could easily have a child 10 years older. I definitely am old enough to have a grey-headed kid. So why do I feel like I'm in shock?

And then there was the great event yesterday. It is with great joy that I tell you my husband became a great grandfather yesterday. His married 19 year old granddaughter gave birth to a beautiful little boy, Rylan. Why don't I feel as much joy telling you that I am now a step great grandmother? Cannot be. But let me let you ooo and awe and coo:

He is just darling. We'll be going to Tennessee to meet him the first of July.

One of my SparkFriends wrote recently (you know who you are ONEKIDSMOM) that I'm not getting older, I'm getting faster. Truth of the matter is that I am getting older, but I am getting faster, too. Today's challenging workout was half mile repeats at 7.1 mph/8.5 minutes per mile. Coach told me to do 4 to 6 of them depending how I felt. I did all 6!! I look at some of my running buddies who are my age. Running doesn't stop aging, but it does add life to the years!!

So this old lady, with a greying daughter, and a new great grandchild, is delighted to be living life fully and fit! We can't outrun the years, but we can just keep running with a smile ear to ear!!
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    He is such a little jewel! I'm with you on the age thing, I'll be in denial for a long time. Way to be getting faster on your runs, you inspire me!!

    1826 days ago
  • CINDYW1102
    Congratulations! You are an inspiration to all of us! You're a beautiful woman and you should be proud of all you have accomplished the past few years! Enjoy that new great grandbaby-they grow up so quickly-as I am sure you already know! emoticon
    1826 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Congratulations step grandma! Your energy is amazing.

    1827 days ago
    Congratulations on that beautiful grandson. I love your perspective on growing older. I have been thinking of giving up on the hair color, too damaging .I haven't seen my natural color in 20 years lol, could be a shock:) emoticon emoticon
    1827 days ago
    emoticon on the new great-grandson!


    emoticon for your continuing inspiration!
    1827 days ago
  • ANDY_54
    What a lovely picture! And you have such a wonderful attitude about ageing, but grey hairs or not you are one fast lady! Keep up the great work!
    1827 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Wow! What a sweetie! Congratulations on the great grandkid!!
    You look fabulous to me! I am so glad you don't color your hair. You have earned every one of those grey hairs and wear them proudly! I had my first grey hair at age 24. Its not so noticible on me because of the multitude of colors that makes up my red from very light strawberry blonde to the darker ones, but it is considerably lighter then it used to be -think carrot top :P I won't mind going all white because it will finally allow me to wear all colors instead of avoiding the clashing ones.
    Keep on being the fantastic fit running Queen that you are! Bet very few grandkids can say they have a granny that can run a marathon!!
    1827 days ago
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  • -AMANDA79-
    What a cutie!

    My mother is turning 70 this summer and it is kinda freaking me out. Time flies whether you are having fun or not!
    1827 days ago
  • DALID414
    (I found my first grey after turning 32 last Sept., I'm growing it out emoticon )
    1827 days ago
    You certainly are living life to the fullest. Keep enjoying yourself.
    1827 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Congratulations! What a precious baby! And you look great with your "light" hair...people should be so fortunate as to look like you do! Thanks for sharing your life with us! emoticon
    1827 days ago
    I can't begin to say how much joy that photo brings. New life is ALWAYS good news, Marsha! Wear it loud and proud... you ARE getting faster, and healthier, and clearly... happier, if that is even possible, you bubbly woman, you!

    1827 days ago
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    such a beautiful babe

    and extra awesome you are getting older AND faster

    1827 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Congrats-isn't it amazing we can have kids that are nearly as old as we feel-I swear I feel 39, just don't look at my driver's license though.
    We have 7 great-grandchildren my DH's grandkids have blessed us with and another due late summer and can you believe it another grandchild due in Oct!

    1827 days ago
    Congratulations on ALL counts! Funny how evidence of our kids getting older often affects us more than our own signs of aging! I am so proud of you for your running successes!
    1827 days ago
    What a great attitude you have! I won a door prize in my running group yesterday -- not for perfect attendance (which I was expecting), but for being the oldest member! DOH! emoticon

    Then it occurred to me that I am blessed and proud to be learning how to run at my age, RIGHT?

    You wear it well, girl.

    Rylan looks perfect!
    1827 days ago
    Congratulations! What a beautiful baby and how exciting. We are all getting older but not only are you getting faster, you are getting fitter, and better and better!

    Who is this running coach? It's amazing what you are able to do. I'd love to hear more about your training program!

    I'm quite bummed about this Achilles Heel pain I've been having. I was really running fast for awhile, then this happened and now I'm lucky to run a 9.5 minute mile. Most day it's more like a 10.5-11 minute mile. But I keep moving.

    1827 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/18/2013 6:03:49 PM
    Congratulations Great Grandma! Actually, you already were a great grandma! But, this makes it "official". I'm right there with you on the age thing! I'm doing great, just seems sttrange that my kids are getting older! Grandkids driving and moving out on their own. Who are these people!! Smiles. The life in these years is what really counts. emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Congratulations on a beautiful great-grandson. He's a cutie!

    About the grey hair: When she was in high school, my older sister knew a boy who went totally grey at the age of 19.....a family trait. So YOU don't have to be to have a child with some grey hairs. emoticon
    1828 days ago
  • MIRAGE727
    I truly realized age is just a number. I'm with you, Marsha!
    1828 days ago
    Thanks for an injection of joy and motivation into my day!
    1828 days ago
    Congrats and my dd is 32 and has a lot of grey and my son is really grey too. but lol hubby was salt and pepper by 19.
    Congrats on baby Rylan, like the name too. He is sweet. hope all is well with mama and baby.
    and you......... are not old.... man you can run! I can just walk and at 56 feel 106 when I try to move, but am getting better, doing all my physio exercises and will not let this arthritis get me down nor will it stop me!! I will get my new knee and be able to stand up better and move easier. I won't be running but will continue to walk.
    1828 days ago
    Rylan looks fantastic.
    The way things are going for you, it should be a good while before you feel old. My mother is 82 years old, gets her 10,000+ steps a day, and is still amazed that she has been a great-grandmother for six years already.

    1828 days ago
    What a cute baby!

    Marsha, just enjoy ALL the phases of life, knowing that you are making decisions that will make them the best they can be. I think you are lovely. Your joy, determination and fitness shine through. Your daughter's hair will be lovely on her, too, when you see her, in spite of the gray.
    1828 days ago

    I've been colouring my hair since it grew back after I had it shaved off for a brain op in 2007, I've experimented with colour/highlights and lowlights and styles ever since, and as I'm going white (not grey LOL) it keeps looking ancient at bay. Well a girl's gotta look her best LOL

    You are amazing Marsha and I love the new bundle of joy, you're going to need some stamina to keep up with him! emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Congratulations on the new grand daughter, Grandma!
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  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon Now that baby looks like a boy!
    I color my hair as I was not born with grey hair and I don't want it. I'm just happy to have lived to be 63, since so many of the girls I grew up with have already died. MaryAnn, Kaye, Brenda, and Pam all died last fall, and lots others died much earlier.
    1828 days ago
    I mother is 90 and I don't remember her having grey hair. I think she went from black to white. Hoping mine will be the same color when I am her age. Beautiful, beautiful great granddaughter!
    1828 days ago
    You look neither like a great grandmother OR an old lady!! I'm 65 and LOVE my life today - the joy of retirement and the freedom to travel for me more than makes up for every wrinkle and gray hair!! Now if I could just get brave enough to quit coloring my gray hair....
    1828 days ago
    With your stamina, no one could call you an old woman. I have nieces that are younger than my children's age that are grandparents.
    1828 days ago
    COngratulations on the new life! And don't worry about the gray... it looks awesome!
    1828 days ago
    My grandmother lived to age 92. In the last years of her life she was extremely proud of her age and constantly asked waiters and other strangers to guess how old she was.
    1828 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    This blog made me smile--I think I found my first gray hair before 30--haven't colored mine for several years now either (41 now)--and my mother thinks it's so beautiful that she quit coloring hers now too--and it's gorgeous!
    Adorable little bundle:)
    1828 days ago
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