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In Honor of My 62nd Birthday

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When we were young,
62 was old.
It was twice as old as the people we trusted.
Three times as old as we were ourselves.
Older than our parents were.
As old as our grandparents.
But here I am.
And I only remember that I am old when I look in the mirror.
Or someone offers me a seat on the subway.
Unlike the lady in the poem, I do not wear purple.
Purple is an unflattering color on me.
I do continue to wear red and bright blue because they are “present” colors.
It is hard to ignore me in red.
But I am often ignored by young people who know more than I do about
Smart phones.
But they do not know more about life.
 I know more and find that I am still learning.
I am learning that life didn’t turn out as I expected,
But I faced it with courage and realism, when I had to.
I’ve learned that at some point, life is not long enough to offer you all possibilities.
But there are compensations in work you did,
The alliances you built,
The memories you have.
When I am an old woman, seriously old,
Like 82,
I will wear only jeans with forgiving waists,
And tunics that cover my pooch.
And turtlenecks that cover my wattle.
And I will finally, finally be brave enough to come to terms with my hair.
And I will not worry about the latest technologies that are passing me by.
If someone wants to talk to me, they can knock on my door,
Or make a phone call,
Or teleport to my living room,
So that we can discuss the old days,
When all things were possible,
And we were starry eyed,
And health was a given,
And our parents still nagged us.
And our families still loved us.
And we didn’t appreciate the day-to-day beauty of life,
But lived eternally in the future. 

After Fifty Living™ was founded by Jo-Anne Lema, a genuine Boomer and member of the 50+ generation. As she likes to say, “Our enormous generation is charting new territory – we’re healthier, better educated, and more financially fit than any other generation at this time. And, as we march through history, 110 million strong – unique, new issues are developing. It’s exciting to be a part of the development and growth of This is a historic solution for a historic generation.”

Jo-Anne spent many years in the financial and operations side of higher education after having received a doctorate in education management and administration from Harvard, and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Launching out on her own, though, has been the fulfillment of a life dream. Jo-Anne believes that “AfterFiftyLiving™ will delight its visitors, catalyze its partners, and will significantly benefit those who engage it.”

Residing in New England along with her husband of 35+ years, she never ceases to brag about her two children and 4 grandkids!

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