Things I Hate About Getting Older: The Hop-Skip-Topple

Getting older has its perks:  senior discounts, more life experience, senior discounts, wisdom—sometimes, senior discounts, the opportunity to show my eccentricities—sometimes, senior discounts. . .

But the body getting older can be a real pain!

The other day I started to put on my slacks the way I had always put them on—one leg at a time. It didn’t work.

Here’s the thing—I usually lift one leg and slide one pant leg on, then lift the other leg and slide the other pant leg on—while standing. This time, when I tried that, I lost my balance and ended up doing a little hop-skip-topple. I could no longer stand on one leg while manipulating a pants leg over the other foot and leg.

What’s with that?!? When did my center of gravity get skewed?

It’s not like I’m completely out-of-shape. Hey, I can still bend over and touch the floor with my hands. Okay—so my legs aren’t ram-rod straight now. And it’s my fingers that touch the floor, not the palms of my hands. But those are just minor technicalities. I should still be able to put on my pants one leg at a time while standing up!

Instead, I had to sit on the side of the bed to put on my slacks. Now, for me, it is a real problem to actually sit on the side of the bed because I’m so short. So, technically, it was more of a leaning against the bed kind of thing.

And then, of course, I have to remember to ‘lean’ against the bed every time I dress. Otherwise, I end up doing the hop-skip-topple thing all over again. That brings up another thing I hate about getting older—trying to break old habits. It’s a vicious cycle. Sigh. . .

About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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2 Responses to Things I Hate About Getting Older: The Hop-Skip-Topple

  1. knittingmaestro says:

    Just play music while dressing then you’ll feel like you’re dancing! 😉

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